New Orleans, FEMA, and Hastert's logic

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great."
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"Joe Suhayda, a retired coastal engineer at Louisiana State University who has spent 30 years studying the coast. Suhayda is sitting in a lakefront restaurant on an actual August afternoon sipping lemonade and talking about the chinks in the city's hurricane armor. "I don't think people realize how precarious we are,"
Suhayda says, watching sailboats glide by. "Our technology is great when it works. But when it fails, it's going to make things much worse.""

  • source: National Geographic

  • The article was written before Katrina. WHY WASN'T THERE A PLAN WRITTEN AT FEMA TO BE EXECUTED WHEN THIS HAPPENED? Or better yet, is any plan being executed?
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    Back to my focus, Hastert's cold logic cannot be denied:Hastert questioned the wisdom of rebuilding a city below sea level that will continue to be in the path of powerful hurricanes. "It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask."