My sister just e-mailed this to me, thought it had a lot of great survival points. School of Hard Knocks > >If people haven't been learning the lessons from Katrina that they >absolutely need to learn, then they haven't been paying attention. > 1. On Friday evening the National Weather Service predicted the >path of the storm heading towards New Orleans. By Saturday morning, it >was clear that the storm was growing in strength and it was suggested >that people begin evacuating. > 2. By Saturday afternoon it was clear that Katrina was growing in >strength. The Mayor of New Orleans appeared on TV weepy and sad, >expressing concern about what could happen in New Orleans. > 3. Sunday morning it was obvious that the storm would hit as a >Category 4 or 5. > 4. On Sunday the Governor of Louisiana was crying and worried >about the state and asked the rest of us to pray for Louisiana. > 5. Sunday at 2:00 pm a mandatory evacuation was ordered. >Now let's look at what has happened so far and what we know after the fact: > 1. 10% of New Orleans was below the poverty level. It would have >been obvious (and was obvious) that these people had no means to leave >the city themselves . > 2. Not a single hospital, faced with mandatory evacuation orders, >was moved. We've not heard of a SINGLE airlift of patients out of >hospitals in the direct path of the storm, moved to areas outside of the >impact zone. > 3. Not a single school, public, or charter bus left the city >carrying people unable to find the means of leaving on their own. > 4. There are hundreds of buses and cars under water in New Orleans >and elsewhere in the regions. >What should happen now: > 1. The Mayor of New Orleans should be brought up on criminal >negligence charges. > 2. The people should understand that you NEVER elect a sympathetic >social worker type to public office. If an individual hasn't served in >the military or in an equivalent capacity of managing huge >infrastructures and people, they have no business running a government. > 3. The Governor of Louisiana should be brought up on criminal >negligence charges--she did not call up the National Guard, order a >single evacuation plan, or organize shelters until AFTER the disaster >hit. She, a babbling idiot, should spend the rest of her days behind >bars, watching the death and destruction on a continuous loop in her >jail cell. >What people should have learned by now: > When the government says "leave" you LEAVE! You have ready: 3 days >of water and food, a "grab and go" bag that contains clothing, >toiletries, and cash to get you where you will be safe. If it takes you >more than 15 minutes to evacuate, you're doing it wrong and are not >sufficiently prepared. If you have more time, you should be able to >evacuate with three weeks of supplies. > Every person in your family over the age of about 12 should be >trained in the use of firearms. If you live in an area that doesn't >allow you to own firearms, MOVE. You should have in your possession a >weapon for every member of the family. That includes arming your 12 >year old daughter. Because SHE may become separated from you and will >need the means of defending herself. > You must have an evacuation plan. Discuss with family every >possible need to evacuate--what conditions might require you to leave. >Plan the routes, what you'll take, a location to meet up if you are >separated, etc. etc. Do not leave your neighborhood with an empty seat >in your car or truck. Make sure you have filled that seat with one of >your neighbors. >Be prepared to take care of yourself for AT LEAST 3 days. > >Expect civil unrest and looting. If you value your property more than >the lives of your family, YOU WILL DIE. I repeat: IF YOU VALUE YOUR >PROPERTY AND POSSESSIONS MORE THAN YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF YOUR LOVED >ONES, YOU WILL DIE. > >The Federal Government is not going to be able to help you. As with ALL >law enforcement matters and catastrophes, they only come for the clean >up. They are not going to help you until AFTER the catastrophe has >occurred. > >If I hear one more person making a statement that begins with "The >President of the United States should..." I am going to punch him in the >nose, kick him in the balls, or knock them over the head with a mallet. >This is NOT a Federal matter. There is no way that anyone is capable of >doing anything for AT LEAST three days, more likely three weeks. > >The Federal Government is not the authority in charge here. The STATE >and LOCAL governments are in charge. If the people you've been electing >to PROTECT AND SERVE you in your local and state are bureaucrats with no >leadership, management, or disaster experience, knowing how to do >nothing more than write welfare checks, you are seriously screwed. MOVE. > >Looters or anyone stepping outside of civilized behavior should be shot >on site--no malice, no concern. You're eradicating pests. Society will >be better off without them and the neighborhoods and decent people of >the world safer. If a law enforcement official attempts to disarm you >while >you are shooting looters, shoot the police officer. He's not your >friend or your ally. It doesn't matter that the looter is only stealing >food or clothing. What matters, is that they've cut in front of the >line. You know the expression "women and children first"? That's what >civilized >society does in a catastrophe. Civilized people, without prodding and >babysitting from government, form distribution networks to equitably >distribute food and clothing from the remaining supplies. Civilized >human beings DO NOT loot. SHOOT THEM. > >You have only one ally in such a disaster: YOU. You are responsible >for the health and safety of your family. The looters and thugs of the >world WILL crawl from the cracks of society and will prey on you and >your neighbors. This has happened in EVERY SINGLE catastrophe. If you >are not prepared for this, YOU WILL DIE. > >Not a single event of this catastrophe is a surprise, with the exception >of the extent of the incompetence of the local leadership. >.