Meryl Yourish notes that Hurricane Isabel shone a bright light on the weeknesses in “homeland security” and disaster preparedness. We knew it was coming did all the things we were told to do in preparation, and then watched as our states infrastructure imploded on itself.
Go ahead and feel safe and smug if you don’t live in North Carolina or Virginia, but read Meryl’s account of the crippling inertia in the federal and state disaster response and see if you’re not just a little frightened at the prospects.
By the way, Virginia Governor Mark Warner said on the radio yesterday that some areas may not get electricity until NEXT MONTH. A rainstorm yesterday added 100,000 customers to the 600,000-800,000 in the region still without electricity.