Originally Posted by katl8e
I saw Tim McGraw, on MSNBC today. He and Harry Connick, Jr. are spearheading a concert, to be aired on NBC, to raise money for relief efforts.
Positive moves. Bless them for their efforts.
I, for one, HAVE had training in emergency management and disaster relief (up to a mid level.) My dad worked for the Red Cross for 40 years, mostly in disaster, and I remember as early as 10 years old helping in relief canteens at various disasters. The scale of this event is of such magnitude that no plan could have ever been prepared for it. Relief IS getting to people, but even this enormous effort can't come close to reaching many areas yet. Understand that the tragic reality is that there are some that won't be saved. The focus must be on where there can be the greatest impact, and where rescue and relief efforts can reach the most people in need.
The area in and around the Superdome is extremely dangerous, with three murders and six rapes reported last night alone. There are only so many police and military MPs to go around. 300 additional National Guardsmen were moved into the area today. The need to so strongly police the areas and protect the rescue and relief workers greatly delays and diminishes the efforts in those areas.
These are the dark days, when relief is on the way but just can't get everywhere or reach everyone in need quite yet. It will get there, and people will suffer before it does, but it takes time. The Salvation Army has pulled every mobile feeding truck within a 1000 miles, yet can only get so far because of blocked or destroyed roads. An infrastructure that is completely demolished is a major obstacle. They are set up and are feeding people in need.
I have friends with family in New Orleans. They all appear to have lost everything. One friend's uncle stayed, he ran a catering service and stocked up prior to the storm strike in preparation for helping to provide for an expected relief effort. His home is right in one of the worst hit areas. He hasn't been heard from.