A Year Later
With possibly 100,000 homes and businesses either destroyed, or so badly damaged they need to be leveled, the expectation that a year later everything would be cleaned up and back to normal is unrealistic.
As a point of reference a 250 home subdivision is going in near me. They've been working on it, 5 days a week at least 8 hours a day for over a year, and aren't finished. Yet for some reason folks think that New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast should be finished with reconstruction in that same time frame.
(This wasn't finished when I accidently hit publish earlier today, here's the rest).
People also forget that if you go through the Florida Panhandle you'll still see blue tarps on roofs. These aren't from Katrina, but hurricanes in 2003 and 2004, when they saw half a dozen storms hit in the area. The gulf coast construction industry still hadn't caught up with those two
years, and then was itself devastated by Katrina.
The other unrealistic expectation is of the lack of human loss to storms. As long as there are folks who want to "ride them out", there will be death, and harrowing, though totally avoidable, tales of woe from wrath of nature.
Many want there to be zero deaths, injuries, or displaced people, but that's not going to happen, ever. Too many people, even after recent history, believe that "I made it through Betsy (or Camille) so this won't be that bad". Well, when it is, and they don't make it, people naturally look for someone to blame. It must be FEMA, the state, or some other federal agency's fault, because we can't just blame the moron who didn't leave when a hurricane was coming. Unlike tornados and earth quakes, you have days of warning for a hurricane.
The final unrealistic expecation, as noted in Shoprat's comments, is that the government is going to be able to do everything you need done in time of emergency. That's never been their function, regardless of what some would like you to believe. Our country was founded on the principle (oft forgotten these days) of limited government and a self sufficient population.
Today, many it seems want an omnipotent government, and not to be responsible for anything they should take care of on their own, or with the help of family and friends.
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