Friday, September 9

Lessons from Katrina

I have spoken about this issue a few times on LGF, and Katrina has certainly brought home the reality of it: We are not prepared for a biological attack on this country. The lack of local, state, and federal cooperation during this disaster should make people extremely nervous.

We hear about Homeland Security training, and cooperation with local governments, but the reality is that most hospitals, heath departments, and other local level first response entities are woefully ignorant of what steps to take in that situation. Who is responsible? Who would enforce a city wide quarantine? Would the National Guard be given orders to shoot anyone who tried to leave a quarantined area? How quickly could the Federal Government supply a city wide population what it needed to survive? Food, medicine, diapers, etc. These are just a few things that come to mind.

There are many unanswered questions, and I have postulated on them before. I think that Katrina answered many of them, and I'm not feeling too good about it.

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