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Thursday, September 15, 2005
  Don't Forget Mississippi
While the governor of Mississippi is busy sucking up to the Shrubbery, the people of southern Mississippi have been forgotten by FEMA.

Locally we are gathering supplies and shipping them West while providing refuge to many displaced people from the coast and New Orleans. We are working full out because they helped us after Ivan. The road is open now and we can ship things to them without having to go through the Federal or state government for distribution. Our county treasurer is a leader in the effort, spurred on, no doubt, by the lack of response he has seen from FEMA since Ivan. He is a local elected official, so it would be redundant to say he was a Republican or conservative. He knows what the local governments in Mississippi can expect so he has turned to raising funds and goods to help.

I whipped by Sam's Club to get some towels for the last load because everyone knows the importance of a towel.

This is the area that the Australian reporter went to from Mobile, and there aren't enough local government resources left to do people much good.

When comes to the fuel pipeline that runs from Texas to New Jersey, Dick Cheney manages to pop-up from his hole in the ground to harass the local power company to restore power to the pipeline before hospitals, claiming that it's a matter of "National Security" that the Northeast not suffer from an inconvenience while poor people in Mississippi are suffering.

If Dick knew to call on August 30th, what happened to the rest of his administration.

Utility companies have detailed plans for restoring power after a hurricane. Those plans are given to other companies who will come in to help. They have been created using computer modeling to get power to shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes first, then restoring lines in a predetermined order based on where there are outages and where power is available. When the plan is altered and the sequence changed, that has a ripple effect on the entire plan.

There is some good news in Mississippi: State to sue insurers over flood damage
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood plans to sue insurance companies to force them to pay for flood damage to homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The Democrat[sic] attorney general believes that Katrina's horrific winds caused the flooding, said the source, who declined to be named.
[I notice that CNN/Money is also unaware of the adjectival form: Democratic.]

 



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