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Anita Garcia Donating Member (869 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:38 PM
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The System was not Well-coordinated
Water, water, everywhere, And nary a drop to drink! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

We walked to the police command center at Harrah's on Canal Street and were told the same thing, that we were on our own, and no they did not have water to give us. We now numbered several hundred. - Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky. <http://www.emsnetwork.org/artman/publish/article_18427.... >


Four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the northern Gulf Coast, tired and angry people stranded at the convention center in New Orleans welcomed a supply convoy carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy. CNN, New Orleans, Louisiana. <http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.impact/index.h... >


Inside the Convention Center, the place was one huge bathroom. In order to shit, you had to stand in other people's shit. The floors were black and slick with shit. Most people stayed outside because the smell was so bad. But outside wasn't much better: between the heat, the humidity, the lack of water, the old and very young dying from dehydration... and there was no place to lay down, not even room on the sidewalk. They slept outside Wednesday night, under an overpass. -Denise Moore, one of the 20,000 who went to the New Orleans Convention Center. <http://citypages.com/databank/26/1294/article13694.asp?... >


We also want to know all the facts about the government response to Hurricane Katrina. The storm involved a massive flood, a major supply and security operation, and an evacuation order affecting more than a million people. It was not a normal hurricane -- and the normal disaster relief system was not equal to it. Many of the men and women of the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United States military, the National Guard, Homeland Security, and state and local governments performed skillfully under the worst conditions. Yet the system, at every level of government, was not well-coordinated, and was overwhelmed in the first few days. It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces -- the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice. President George Bush, September 15, 2005, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana.<http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/2005091... >

For the anniversary of Katrina, flood the White House.
Water the Bushes.

Mail a water bottle to the White House:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


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