My life became a little easier as a result of this tragedy. My Mother has always been reluctant to leave when faced with a hurricane. She has some health problems and cannot exist down here without air conditioning.
We have a generator that is capable of powering a small air conditioner, the refrigerator, lighting, and a radio, specifically because it is always a battle to get her out.
After watching the coverage, she told me today that she's leaving four days before any storms hit the area because: "those people would kill me. I can't stand in line in this heat. What good is a generator if you can't get gas for it? They just don't care, there's not a Christian among them."
The local "special needs" shelter doesn't even have a generator, and we found out that our local hospice tries to get their patients admitted to the hospitals for the duration of the storm, because there's no other place for them to go that's has any hope of maintaining their life. If you're wondering why hospice does this, remember that they are trying to help these people to live their last days in comfort and dignity. I didn't see much of that at the SuperDome.