I know not all where like this but, **** like this makes me wonder why we even bother to help people.
An eye opener....accounts of the people that delt with the "poor unfortunate" evacuees from New Orleans.... a bit lenghtly but,well worth reading...
I have never been to New Orleans, but I do have high regard for the person who sent me this. We have even had similar experiences in HS with many of the evacuee's who came thru here.....one was arrested for a rash of robberies (he was staying at the 'Embassy Suites'), those who had been housed temporarily at an area church camp left it totally trashed ( our Mop Squad associates, Nadine & Lonnie spent a week, day and night, cleaning up after they moved on....Nadine said she had never seen so much stuff just left on the floors.....even donated clothing with price tags still attached!...she was appalled.).....At Comfort Inn we housed 30 families (and allowed them to have their pets) whose entire bill was to be paid by FEMA...many of them fought constantly with each other...and complained bitterly about the others dogs barking....every time I worked I found the creamer bowl completely empty (it's never been empty before) and the same thing for the 2 drawers of sugar packets! The breakfast bar counter was littered with trash constantly....as was the floor of the lobby and dining area. The indoor, heated pool was used (an abused) all day and night.....and even thrown -up in by one inebriated evacuee guest:-( One guest asked me if there was some way to charge his movies to his hotel bill so FEMA would have to pay for them (there wasn't). Any way, my limited experience here leads me to suspect that the following may well be a truthfull accounting:
An Eye opener
This is why when I have had to do shows in New Orleans, I worked and went back to the hotel after a meal...it is a cess pool.
Let me tell you a few things about the wonderful group of evacuees we received here in Utah. The first plane arrived with 152 passengers. Of the 152; 10 were children. 3 of these children had been abandoned by their parents. As these passengers attempted to board the plane, the National Guard removed from their person; 43 handguns (it is Illegal to own a Handgun in New Orleans), 20 knives, one man had 100,000 dollars in cash, 20 pounds of Marijuana, 10 pounds of Crack, 15 pounds of Methamphetamines, 10 pounds of various other controlled substances including Heroin.
Upon their arrival here in SLC, two people immediately deplaned and lit up a joint. During the course of medical evaluations, it was discovered that parents were using their kids to carry loads of looted jewelry (price tag still on), and other items. One third of the people who got off the plane were angry that they didn't get to go to Houston or San Antonio. Over the course of the next 36 hours we received an additional 430 evacuees. Most of these, like their predecessors had to be relieved of illegal items. Additionally, most of them, were the owners of exceptionally prolific criminal records, just like those in the first flight.
By the second night in the shelter, there was one attempted rape of a relief worker, sales of drugs on going and a gang had begun to rebuild. When the people arrived at the shelter, they were given the opportunity to dig through piles of donated clothes from local church groups. Many complained that they were second hand clothes. The state set up a reception center with relocation assistance, Medicaid and workforce services among many assistance groups. This past Saturday, workforce services held a job fair. 85 of the 582 evacuees attended. 44 were hired on the spot. 24 were asked back for a second interview. Guess the others had no desire to work.
Yesterday we began relocating evacuees to be with family or friends who had agreed to take them in as well as three to the county jail. Now in the health arena; 4 with Aids, 15% of those 582 had some form of STD, one case of TB, 2 Heroin withdrawals, 15 mental health admissions, one brain tumor and 15 nursing home patients.
Like everyone in this nation, I watched as the news media blasted FEMA and President Bush for the "poor response". While everyone on TV saw nothing but people being let down by government, I saw people letting down people. Who would have ever thought that we would reach a point in time that US citizens would lie around in piles of trash complaining that no one had come to pick them up out of it. What ever happened to people pulling together to make their circumstance better? Why couldn't they get up and move on their own or at least just clean up the area where they had to wait for evacuation? Why did they feel the need to take a crap in the aisle of the superdome?
FEMA did not fail them. FEMA is not a response agency. State and local government is responsible for the first 72 hours. But more important, we all have a responsibility to help ourselves and neighbors. Poverty is not an excuse to behave like animals. (Actually that is an insult to the animals). Difficult situations are not an excuse to loot your neighbor 24 hours before the storm even hits.
I have always said New Orleans was a toilet; now everyone has proof that not only was it a toilet, but a toilet long overdue for a flush.