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A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Raine    Date: 10/25/2007 12:21:07

When hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents were evacuated from their homes in the wake of this week's devastating fires, memories of Hurricane Katrina couldn't help but surface as scores of evacuees ended up taking refuge in the city's Qualcomm Stadium.

But after two days, what has developed here in Qualcomm could hardly stand in sharper contrast to the spectacle of Katrina, especially the chaos in Louisiana's Superdome.

Qualcomm is clean. It is organized. It is, in many regards, at times even festive, with clowns to entertain children who are wearing dust-particle masks to protect their lungs from the hanging smoke and blowing ash.
Compare and contrast...Qualcomm has about 20,000 evacuess and the Superdome had about 25,000
After five days managing near riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Following days of internationally reported murders, rapes and gang violence inside the stadium, the doctor from FEMA — Beron doesn't remember his name — came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.[...]

Just to put this in proportion:
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender says more people have been evacuated because the county's wildfires than were evacuated from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

He urged residents to remain patient until they can safely be allowed to return to their homes.
more than Katrina. Stunning how well government can work. Kudos to California.

And finally, in case anyone needs assistance in disaster management, I found this press release, yes, it is real:
Former FEMA Director and Director of Corporate Strategy for Cotton Companies Michael D. Brown Available for Interviews Regarding California Wild Fires

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael D. Brown, Former FEMA Director and Current Director of Cotton Companies, one of the leading disaster preparedness and restoration organizations in the nation, is available for comment regarding the wild fires that are devastating Southern California.

Currently, the brush fires are affecting hundreds of local businesses and have forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes. Of these 500,000 people, an estimated 10,000 of them have taken shelter at the local NFL stadium, Qualcomm, vaguely reminiscent of circumstances of Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years ago.

"The agency has learned some hard lessons regarding the handling of mass evacuations especially in regard to the bureaucratic red tape that is involved in such a process," said Mr. Brown. "This is a tragic time for many of the people of California, and Cotton Companies is working to ensure that normalcy is restored and that businesses and organizations are back up and running as soon as possible."

Cotton has already deployed a team to San Diego to prepare recovery efforts and has a Community Assessment Team in full force.

Mr. Brown can speak to the turmoil being caused by the California wild fires as well as to some of the new processes in disaster relief efforts that will help to restore California communities. He can offer advice to residents and businesses on proper relief and recovery efforts and provide suggestions for future disaster preparedness.

Since its inception in 1996, Cotton Companies, the nation's leading provider of disaster recovery services, has been coming to the aid of businesses and communities coast to coast with its ability to react, take charge, mobilize and execute on the spot crisis management. Cotton has responded to such high-alert disasters as Hurricane Katrina and the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City.

:rofl: you can't make this stuff up!

Finally, Here Are numbers to help those who could use it in California.

See you inside. Coffee is ready to go!
:peace: and rain.

175 comments (Latest Comment: 10/25/2007 23:10:30 by livingonli)
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Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 12:49:37
Morning, comrades!



Regarding Qualcomm v. Superdome...



I'd like to think that this was a 'lesson learned' in the wake of that fiasco, but I really can't help but think about Bob's comments yesterday. Is it really learning from our mistakes so we won't repeat them, or is it trying to look good in front of the (presumably) affluent So-Cal demographic so they'll remember and pony up $$ when the candidates come knocking?



Poor, black, New Orleaneans rarely make large campaign contributions, but the heart of the So-Cal economy does...



Anyway, I digress. How 'bout them Sox? (gee, was that a bread and circuses moment?)



Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:09:20
Good morning!

Comment by starling310 on 10/25/2007 13:11:12
Morning. . .



'Bout to put on a pot of coffee. Working from home today. Ahhhhh......



Had out preview at the theater last night and my character was a big hit.

YAY! Don't applaud. Send money.





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:14:53
I must say that I too think that what we have here is indeed a tale of two cities, one rather more flush with services, the other... well it is indeed a poorer state. But California does have the reverse 9/11 system that they put in place and that seems to have made a world of difference. I certainly don't think that was becuase the feds learned a damn thing about Katrina. I will not blame Louisiana. They begged for help.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 13:20:23
Right Wing World...



au contraire, the President will get in the way.



This is still an active disaster scene with actual fire, still out of control.



The President travels with how many support vehicles, which means roadblocks, re-directed traffic, and airspace restrictions, not to mention similar restricted airspace when AF One arrives and departs.



I'd hate to see the firefighters miss an opportunity to do something because they couldn't fly within 20 miles of where the president happens to be having a photo op...



Damnit, he's so big about clearing brush on his "ranch", why not put a shovel in his hand and put him on the fireline for 3 hours so a *real* firefighter can take a nap?





Comment by starling310 on 10/25/2007 13:29:21
Chris. You are so literal some point. I think Momma is making the point that "California" is seen by most as the liberal bastion of America! Therefore, Pat Robertson hates ALL of it.



Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:30:17
Amen tri sec! Bush doesn't need to tour an active disaster area like this. The LT Governor said that they will be respectful, but bush touring the area does pose a distraction.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 13:30:27
Good morning folks.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 13:37:30
So, when Bush comes to the disaster area, Southern California will have sulfur mixed in with the smoke.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:38:03
As you can see here... Brownie has offered his services to help California. :rofl:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:39:15
The president did not accept responsibility. That pig.... Hey bobR... I want a little piggy emoticon!

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:41:16
Quote by Raine:
http://www.clipartof.com/images/xsmall/167.gif
One of the little piggies that went to the white house.
Fixity

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 13:44:25
Has anyone e-mailed Momma about the east coast tour with food stops?



At least she is sleeping :zzz: But I don't want her to be Karen Carpenter skinny.



I like my women with a little meat on their bones.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 13:47:19
Just sent to my team as our "Quote of the Day" on our morning email...



You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

Jeannette Rankin

US pacifist & politician (1880 - 1973)





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:47:33
:prince: voles vou bla bla bla :prince:

Comment by starling310 on 10/25/2007 13:47:46
The pig emoticon! :clap:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:50:22
I am still so pissed that the president federalized the National Guard. it's the NATIONAL GUARD!!!!

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 13:50:29
Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:52:26
I am still disturbed that they shot and killed someone they suspected of Arson in CAlifornia. Very disturbed.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 13:53:57
Quote by livingonli: Bush offers to bomb Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq. Heckuva job there.
you know what is most intersting about that story? America trained those very people. They were our allies during the first Gulf war. we sent them money and arms.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 14:00:53
Quote by Raine:



you know what is most intersting about that story? America trained those very people.



They were our allies during the Iran-Iraq war [edit- TriSec]. we sent them money and arms.




Sound familiar?



The takeaway being, don't become an ally of the United States. The instant you're no longer useful for our immediate aims, we'll start aiming at you.





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:03:56
Today in the AJC, it is being reported that yesterday (w eek after he decided to sue the Army corp of engineers) the governor is making the state employees cut water use. A dollar short and a few days late I say. This is a over a year since the drought began... It's like washing your hands before you go to the bathroom and telling your mother your hands are clean. We are really in dire straights down here. They issued a request for households to cut water use to 50 gallona a day. Utilities are threatening to increase rates if they don't see water use dropped.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 14:04:27
Quote by TriSec:

Quote by Raine:



you know what is most intersting about that story? America trained those very people.



They were our allies during the Iran-Iraq war [edit- TriSec]. we sent them money and arms.




Sound familiar?



The takeaway being, don't become an ally of the United States. The instant you're no longer useful for our immediate aims, we'll start aiming at you.





Just ask Saddam and Noriega.

Comment by BobR on 10/25/2007 14:12:55
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:13:10
Dr. Strangelove is scarily prophetic.

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 14:14:00
Morning Bob.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:14:08
Good morning bobber... how have you been?

Comment by wickedpam on 10/25/2007 14:15:05
Morning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:16:05
:rofl: 's bit was hilarious!

Comment by BobR on 10/25/2007 14:17:18
Quote by starling310:

Morning. . .



'Bout to put on a pot of coffee. Working from home today. Ahhhhh......



Had out preview at the theater last night and my character was a big hit.

YAY! Don't applaud. Send money.







Congrats!! :prince:

Comment by wickedpam on 10/25/2007 14:18:41
Yeah Star!

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:18:46
Oh dear. crushed beer cans... where have I heard that before?

Comment by livingonli on 10/25/2007 14:21:03
Momma needs bigger in order to crush beer cans between them.

Comment by BobR on 10/25/2007 14:21:33
Crushing beer cans with her breasts? Could they be talking about "Blondie", the middle-aged black stripper with blonde hair at The Clairmont, the Seediest Strip Bar in Atlanta? That's her well-known trick.



It's even in Wiki!!

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:23:07
I am very happy for you starling... I won't applaud, but instead, as requested: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 14:23:59
Ya know, I'm amazed at the number of problems that can be corrected with a powerful free tape...



Scotch?

Duct?

Electrical?



C'mon, tell us!





Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 14:24:56
Quote by livingonli:

Momma needs bigger in order to crush beer cans between them.




Maybe she could start with dixie cups and move up after she gets some meat back on that frame...





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:26:54
I just love larry craig. I that man! He makes me want to do a little soft shoe shuffle dance.

Comment by starling310 on 10/25/2007 14:27:03
I have the service guy here cleaning the Pellet Stove and Momma is talking about hanging things from her nipples.





Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:28:16
Quote by TriSec: Ya know, I'm amazed at the number of problems that can be corrected with a powerful free tape... Scotch? Duct? Electrical? C'mon, tell us!
Duct tape will save the world I tell you! I am planning on reupholstering my computer chair in the next few weeks with it.

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 14:28:23
"Browning the Vermicelli" sounds like something Larry Craig might do.



If he was gay and didn't love his wife, I mean.







Comment by BobR on 10/25/2007 14:29:08
Quote by TriSec:

"Browning the Vermicelli" sounds like something Larry Craig might do.



If he was gay and didn't love his wife, I mean.







:rofl:

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:29:31
Quote by starling310: I have the service guy here cleaning the Pellet Stove and Momma is talking about hanging things from her nipples.
We are all grown up and still, our momma's embarass us.

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:30:51
Heya tri, what ever happened to your friend from work who used to blog occasionally?

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:37:13
In July, Rudy swore he would never back the BoSox.
Maybe the Devil made him do it. (P) Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani declared himself a Red Sox fan on Tuesday, but as recently as last summer he vowed never to trade his Yankee soul to the Sox - even for the White House.(P) Last July, The Providence Journal asked the former mayor this fateful question: If the Devil said you can be President if you become a Red Sox fan, would you do it?(P) "I'm a Yankee fan," Giuliani replied then. "I always believe it's a sign of my being straight with people, about not wanting to fool them, that I was one of the first mayors to be willing to say I was a Yankee fan."(P) He went on to say he had "great respect" for true Red Sox fans, but as for becoming a Red Sox cheerleader in a Devil's bargain, "Probably that's a deal I could not make," he said.


Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:38:10
HEya Rudy... have you been shopping at the same shoe sote that Mitt has... you know the one that sells the Flip flops???

Comment by Raine on 10/25/2007 14:38:39
Uh oh... We are not good adults, according to the caller.

Comment by BobR on 10/25/2007 14:38:42
Miss Prude on line 1!! :yadda:

Comment by TriSec on 10/25/2007 14:38:59
Hey lady, don't like the show? Turn off the radio!





Comment by wickedpam on 10/25/2007 14:38:59
I don't get it - if you don't freaking like a show why would you call into that show and complain that you don't like it. Just change the station.