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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Why no air drops?

You know, parachutes work over Louisiana

Guard Troops Descend on New Orleans

Daunting problems lie ahead. Maj. Gen. Bruce Green, an Air Force medical officer, expressed concern about the risk of those still in the city from dehydration, stress and mosquito-borne diseases.

As reports continued of famished and dehydrated people isolated across the Gulf Coast, angry questions were pressed about why the military has not been dropping food packets for them -- as was done in Afghanistan, Bosnia and in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami.

Bill Wattenburg, a consultant for the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and one of the designers of the earlier food drop programs, said that he has lobbied the administration and the military to immediately begin something similar. He said he was told that the military was prepared to begin, but that it was awaiting a request from FEMA.

"We know very well how to do this, and it's just incomprehensible that we're not," Wattenburg said

But, but FEMA's the lead agency.

They still need to do drops in the rural counties around NOLA

posted by Steve @ 9:30:00 AM

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