Hurricane states: You’re on your own, again

The federal government is a slow, stupid, plodding bureaucracy which can’t respond quickly to anything. And if you’re counting on them to save you when the next hurricane hits, you may well find yourself dead. A Department of Defense official told Congress Thursday that DoD and Homeland Security need as much as a week to prepare to respond to a major disaster. And those of you living in hurricane territories will immediately recognize exactly how stupid that is.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Paul McHale told a House Armed Services subcommittee Thursday that he and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff would like up to a week’s warning of upcoming disasters, so as to have time to prepare for a federal response.

But he also admitted that there could be a lot of “false alarms” with up to a week’s notice of every hurricane. Consider Hurricane Katrina. It formed on August 23, 2005. No one could possibly have predicted that six days later it would hit New Orleans. And it surprised forecasters by rapidly strengthening and hitting Florida only two days after it formed.

How long does it take you to prepare to get the hell out of harm’s way? And if you don’t leave, are you willing to wait several days for help to arrive? Because these government bureaucrats have just admitted that exactly that is what will happen — again.

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