September 13, 2005


Save Yourself: New Orleans had a plan to warn the poor, but it sat on a shelf in L.A. (Nicholas Riccardi and James Rainey, September 13, 2005, LA Times)

After years of warnings, community leaders this summer prepared a video guide to hurricane evacuations with a stark message: Many of this city's poor, including 134,000 without cars, could be left behind in a killer storm.

But the 30-minute DVD still has not arrived. Some 70,000 of the newly minted videos that were to be released this month remain on warehouse shelves in Los Angeles.

Their warning: Save yourself, and help your neighbors if you can.

Only after seventy years of the New Deal/Great Society would it be necessary to tell people this.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2005 7:03 AM

Does it make sense to target poor people by putting a message on a DVD?

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at September 13, 2005 7:34 AM


They're American poor--they have a DVD player in each room.

Posted by: oj at September 13, 2005 8:09 AM

The best thing that can come out of this disaster is to disabuse the American public of the notion that their Federal and State governments will come to their rescue in future disasters. Somewhere along the line we lost sight of the idea of self reliance. Why should anyone expect more care and effort to be spent on their behalf by total strangers than they can expect from themselves?

Part of that self-reliance comes with taking responsibility for the decision to live where you live. If you live in LA or SF, expect a massive earthquake in your future. Be prepared for it. Stockpile food and water. If you live in a floodplain, expect a flood.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at September 13, 2005 9:22 AM


And get a gun to defend your food and water.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 13, 2005 9:41 AM

Before the storm what was wrong with Kansas was what was right about NO/LA. Hope the left is happy.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 13, 2005 11:21 AM

Make sense? Who cared? These are Democrats and this is N.O. Who has time to make sense and what does that have to do with anything? Nothing in this man made disaster made sense. The media knows that above all and did their best to make up some sense. Blame someone else as hard and as fast as the could.

Posted by: Genecis at September 13, 2005 11:29 AM

Pretty soon Mary Landrieu won't even be able to give interviews to The Nation.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 13, 2005 11:47 AM

C-SPAN should play this on tv....come to think of it, they should have played it before the hurricane.

Speaking of poor with DVD players, I remember, I think it was John Stossel, interviewing a guy in a food line and asking him if he had cable tv, a microwave, etc. and he answered yes to everything, but he thought he was destitute.

Posted by: RC at September 13, 2005 7:24 PM