Katrina: More Aftermath

It has taken the US government some time to begin correcting the mess left in Katrina's wake in New Orleans and other places. But while that is going on, there are some serious considerations that don't seem to be crossing people's minds. As such they aren't making the air waves either.

The general speculation, albeit unspoken , seems to be that the multitude of people that have been evacuated from New Orleans will eventually return home. Once the waters have gone, pumped out and into the lake, the river, or the Gulf, people will come back in and try to patch things together. They will come home and that will be that.

But that's not going to happen. Much of New Orleans that is currently under water, will have sustained so much water damage, mold and mildew and rot that many buildings will be structurally unsound. It will be a risk to venture into them. Can the government seriously consider allowing people into such a dangerous situation?

More dangerous is the water itself. People have been defecating in the water; compost heaps , and septic tanks have all contributed to the water contamination. There are also all the dead, mostly human, but also including other animals. New Orleans is now a seething lake of contagion.

Another aspect that has received scant attention is that all the people that were in contact with that water then were evacuated. By no means should we shun contact with our fellow citizens, but how many of them are carriers for disease now? More alarming still is the fact that now these people are being redistributed around the United States.

No one , it seems, has thought about the biological consequences of the hurricane. This is one of the functions that FEMA should be dealing with. But FEMA is proving to be a very inept organization.

Michael Brown, the director of FEMA, waited hours after the hurricane hit before asking his superior for assistance. Even then in the memo he was more concerned for his image, and presumably that of the agency. It begs the question, wjhy couldn't he just have done what needed to be done? In the face of the impending disaster, that we all knew was going to happen, why couldn't he have called out buses and the National Guard to evacuate people? He can't say that he didn't know it was going to be that bad. That is his job to deal with the very worst that Mother Nature has to offer. Therefore, in the addition to the aftermath we can expect in the way of nature, we should expect that some people should lose their jobs.