Saturday, September 03, 2005

Things looking brighter for New Orleans

There are people uptown with active phone lines. 250,000 just got power back in Louisana. A massive line of helicopers evacuated the last of the refugees from the superdome by a massive line of helicopters. Things are looking brighter, but we still have questions. Where were these helicopers four days ago? Why couldn't they just come and drop some food and water? It's too bad these people had to suffer so badly because whoever is in charge couldn't get it together. Major commercial airlines are donating planes to fly out evacuees to major airports. The government has contracted major Carnival Cruise Ships to house some of the evacuees.

Now the real work can be done. This is what we expected to happen right when the evacuation was ordered. Without having to worry about the evacuees, New Orleans can be rebuilt. If the same amount of people who helped today also help with rebuilding, New Orleans can be back online quickly.

Until then, we gotta start working our end. I am writing a really cool plan on how everyone can get involved in their communities right away. I hope that Tulane contacts me to help me with any other ideas they have before I finalize it. Also, I am completing details to launch my foundation. Stay tuned for a lot more info.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

brett hyman for president!

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And The Boot is his "Western" White House?

All they need to do is open up Uptown to drunken frat boys and The Convention Center will start to look and smell pretty good!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Steve Brady said...


In answer to the question "where were these helicopters" I have to once again ask the question "do you know what you are talking about?"

helicopters require fuel. For the first few days, before the CRG (contingency response group) from US Transportation Command was able to establish their foot hold, they had to only conduct operations from the ships "out at sea." Unfortunately, that limited the legs that they had. They had to fuel, fly in, conduct operations, then fly back out. That meant that their "loiter" time was limited. When you have limited time over the area, the question becomes "rescue people, or drop food and water" Thankfully, they did both when they could (I refer you to the Coast Guard Captain's interview with fox news.)

Bottom line: stop throwing stones. these are human beings conducting a very human operation, and being human means we make mistakes. It's that simple.


7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually just read that 500,000 people have regained electricty.... that's half of everyone in LA that lost it (saw it on the entergy site). Keep our heads up and pray for all of NOLA.... let's hope our city is ready for us in Jan!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Brett Hyman said...

hey steve:
You're right, I dont know what I'm talking about. I asked the question, where were the helicopters? And I'm glad you know the answer. I realize helicopters require fuel, and I'm really happy it got done. But if you didn't know- many of them were in Louisiana waiting for orders and they Sgt. who was on Fox news before me today admitted they had been confused who they were taking orders from. So thanks for your input, but relax.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Steve (no longer known as brady) said...


Thanks... and I appreciate the comment that I should relax.

For the record though--I am quite relaxed. I did have to come to grips with the fact that, as of today, I seem to represent "the man."

Yes, I believe the system is working as best as "it" can. I actually listened to Col Gomez, the Director of Mobility Forces for Task Force Katrina (the DIRMOBFOR for those that "know") talk about the fact that the problem has been the fact that the pipeline is too narrow. (MSNBC Friday night, on Rita) Wow--it's what I was saying.

My bottom line is this--many are working as best as they can. They are doing all they can to make things work. Let's just accept that the decision makers know what they are doing--whether it is the FEMA folks, or President Cowan--they have more/better information than the general population can have.


8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sound like great ideas, Brett.

I don't know why officials express such surprise that many people did not evacuate before the hurricane when they were told not to.

I finally got around to looking at the City of New Orleans demographics, based on the 2000 Census. They make it even more outrageous than I expected that officials thought just announcing a mandatory evacuation would be successful if they did not provide public transportation.

As of 2000, 27% of the households in the City had no vehicle available to them.

35% of black households, who made up 60% of the households in the City, had no vehicle available to them. 15% of white households had no vehicle available.

36% of all households age 65 and over, and 62% of renter households age 65 and over, had no vehicle available.

If 80% of households evacuated prior to the hurricane, that is actually very impressive considering these statistics.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve... What did you say?

"Let's just accept that the decision makers know what they are doing--whether it is the FEMA folks, or President Cowan--they have more/better information than the general population can have."

ARE YOU KIDDING... according to Bush appointee / fundraising buddy FEMA Director Brown (whose past experience was as the Arabian Horse Association director for 10 years) on a Thursday interview with CNN that he DID NOT KNOW there were any folks at the convention center - while for the previous 36 hours, every news station in the world showed hungry – thirsty – unprotected and ALONE citizens.

So don’t give me “they know what’s best” Yah… like we are a safer country ‘cause Karl Rove and his assistant George Bush know what’s best… give me a break!

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. To my rant to Steve... this in no way takes away my amazement in the good works the troops / cops/ docs / nurses / volunteers / helicopter pilots and in-the-trench folks are doing despite poor leadership from Brown & Bush.

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone hear that today 11Sept,at 7:11PT we are urged by a Japanese group to envision collectively clean water around NOLA?

9:47 AM  
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