Ed Driscoll

Disaster Planning--Or Lack Thereof

Neo-Neocon has some thoughts on New Orleans’ lack of preparation for a disaster that–in typical 20/20 hindsight–now seems inevitable:

This lethal stew of prohibitive cost, corruption, competing ideas about what was necessary, and denial that something so dreadful was likely enough to justify all that expense, proved to be a deadly mixture that led to the shocking lack of preparedness. As blogger “Laurel,” who fled the New Orleans area with her family just before the hurricane hit writes, it was “The day I thought would never come.” And if a day will never come, why spend billions of dollars in a very poor state to prepare against that day?

Read the whole thing.

Update: Will Collier has some related thoughts that are well worth reading.