Thanks to Katrina...

youreitAugust 29, 2006

Well, not thanks to the hurricane but to the outcome of that terrible day.

I was going to post this in the "Animals in the News" thread, but I thought others might like to post other things about Katrina here.

We were evacuated here during the 1997 floods mentioned below, but that was before we could return from a long weekend trip to visit my folks. Left behind were my kitty, my dog Red, and a rabbit. They wouldn't let us return to check on them, even though our home was not in imminent danger. If we had been home at the time of the evacuations, I know I wouldn't have left my animals behind.

We were allowed to return about a week later. Thankfully, all animals had a nice layer of fat that kept them going until I could fill their bowls with copious amounts of num-nums. :)


Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Disaster Preps Include Animal Care

Headed to the governor's desk is a bill that would require household pets, livestock, horses, and service animals be included in disaster preparation plans.

Assembly Bill 450, sponsored by Assem. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was approved 61-1 by the Assembly today. It would require the Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Agriculture, and other agencies involved with disaster response planning to develop a Memorandum of Understanding plan that addresses the needs of animals after a major disaster or emergency.

"We only need to remember the images in Louisiana and Mississippi of people stranded on roofs with their pets, and farmers left without their livelihood, to realize we need to consider animals in disaster preparedness," said Yee in a prepared statement. "I urge the governor to sign this bill into law."

More than 235,000 animals were estimated to have been killed in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. There are anecdotal accounts of Gulf Coast residents refusing to leave because there were no provisions for their animals.

In 1997, Yuba County implemented a mandatory evacuation order after a levee failed, resulting in major floods. A study undertaken after the event showed that nearly 21 percent of households with pets did not evacuate and more than 80 percent of those who re-entered the evacuated area without authorization did so attempting to rescue their pets and/or livestock.

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sheepco(MN z4)

Thanks for the article. And how awful for you when you couldn't get to your animals during the floods!

The National (and individual state's) Veterinary Reserve Corps has been working with 'the powers that be', including FEMA and the Red Cross, for years trying to address the problem. It's criminal how slowly buracracy works, and tragic that it took "more than 235,000 animals" to wake up a few hundred politicians.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 3:04PM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Reading MSNBC this evening, I see this Newsweek article titled: Can Nagin Save New Orleans?

Things that make me go hmmmm! This has to take the cake for the dumbest question of this young millennium.

With a category 5 storm looming in the Gulf and most forecasters putting that region at the eye of the storm, he sat on his a$$ and did almost NOTHING. Then, once the death and destruction had already devastated the entire city, he goes on an endless rampage of finger pointing as only a sleazy, worthless, weasel politician could. So why would ANYONE believe that HE could save New Orleans now????????????? Only the good people of New Orleans and caring people such as Ademink and Sir Nappy can save New Orleans. They will. Of course, in the end, I have absolutely no doubt that Mr. Nagin WILL take full credit. So be it.

Maybe one day I'll tell ya'll how I REALLY feel about this! LOL!!!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 8:56PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

LOL...You beat around the bush SO badly, Semper!

Pass the gloves...I'm goin' in! (Going back in January, by the way. Yippee!!!!)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 10:10PM
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Thank you SO MUCH for posting exactly what I've been thinking all along, Fi man! I was shouting, "AMEN!" at 4am this morning (along with a few other choice words) while reading it. DH knows I get worked up about certain things, but he forgives me. :D

You get 'em, Andrea! Instead of gloves, I'll take one of those (sports) foam hands...with the BIG finger up instead. "Hey, Nagin! Number one, man, number one!"


Here is a link that might be useful: Lean On Me, Inc.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2006 at 9:03AM
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semper_fi(Z7 GA)

Another thing that I remembered after my previous rant was how a large number of HIS police force turned their badges in right when the going got tough. We were taught that leadership starts at the top; so those deserters spoke volumes about the "man" who is suppose to save New Orleans. Then again, the likes of those cowards are probably how this idiot got re-elected. The old saying: "Blind leading the blind" is very apropos.

Ademink, best wishes on your 2nd tour of duty in January. Let me know what ounce gloves you prefer before you leave. LOL! LETS GET READY TO RRRRRRRRUMBLE!!!!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2006 at 10:44PM
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I got a little sidetracked and forgot to say thanks for your post, Sarah! It's so true what you said about bureaucracy, too.


Musicians' Village Aims to Keep the Music Alive in New Orleans

New Orleans is renowned as the birthplace of jazz and for a rich musical culture. To keep that unique heritage alive, two famous musicians with roots to the Crescent City, and Habitat for Humanity are combining forces to build a Musicians' Village for displaced musicians.

When New Orleans flooded, the city emptied. Several thousand musicians called the Big Easy home and they had to evacuate with everyone else. Not much remained after the floodwater was drained.

"Seventy percent lost their homes, lost their instruments, lost their clothes, lost their cars and have to literally rebuild their life one step at a time, and where do you begin? The first thing you begin with is housing," said Ben Jaffe of the city's Preservation Hall, which is dedicated to preserving the music.

Last December, New Orleans native singer Harry Connick Jr. and saxophonist Branford Marsalis announced a project with Habitat for Humanity to address the crucial need for housing. The Musicians' Village is a 5-block development in the Upper Ninth Ward, the largest housing project to date in the city since Katrina. The numbers vary but between 75 and 81 colorful new homes are under construction for musicians. The village will also have a performance center.

The homes are a hand up, not a hand-out. The musicians who will live there are each putting in 350 hours of their own labor to help build the houses. In turn, musicians are eligible for an interest-free, $75,000 mortgage loan.

"It's a happy place, very hopeful," Village spokesman Billy Puckett said. "In fact, the corner of Alva and Roman we call the most hopeful place in New Orleans."

One of those working on the project is saxophonist Dan Oestreicher. He agrees having a place to call home comes first, saying, "People can't play music until basic needs are taken care of."

Nearly three dozen of the homes are about complete, thanks to Habitat volunteers like Adam Moreland who left Sacramento to help. "I'm doing amazing work, working with amazing people, meeting volunteers from all over the world who want to help rebuild."

The new community is funded by contributions to Habitat and numerous performance benefits by musicians. It's one way some are trying to preserve music's integral role in New Orleans. As trumpeter Wynton Marsalis said, rebuilding New Orleans without consideration for its jazz and rhythm and blues culture is like a having a body without a soul.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2006 at 10:15AM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Thanks for that one too Brenda! That lifts my heart when I'm still hearing and seeing how much still needs to be done. Keep 'em coming - we can't forget how many people still need help!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 12:28AM
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