"This is Our Tsunami"
Before I get into this post, I’d like to say I have a great deal of sympathy for the individuals whose lives, but nothing else, have been saved. However, I find the comparisons to the Indian ocean tsunami to be irresponsible and wrong.
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said the storm’s damage was overwhelming, the Biloxi Sun-Herald said Tuesday. “This is our tsunami,” Holloway said…
No, it is not.
There are a number of important differences:
- There was substantial warning of Katrina, and a chance to evacuate. There was no formal warning system in place for the Indian Ocean tsunami.
- A hurricane this big was predictable, and predicted. The Superdome was (nominally) built to handle 200 mph winds and 35 feet of flooding.
- The countries hit by the tsunami were generally poor, and couldn’t spend a lot on disaster planning, whereas New Orleans and Louisiana made spending choices in their budgets not to.