Government response to Gustav appears better than Katrina
Posted by John McHale
The U.S. Government's response to latest hurricane -- dubbed Gustav -- already appears better than the negligence demonstrated during Katrina .
Fortunately Gustav seems to be reducing in strength and has only sideswiped New Orleans , but it seems on the surface that President Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) learned their lessons.
President Bush canceled his appearance at the Republican National Convention, reportedly in order to focus his attention on the storm. That move is probably more symbolic than anything else, but news reports say that it seems that the government was better prepared this time at federal, state, and local levels.
One report told how New Orleans policeman were on the job last night whereas during Katrina there were reports of them fleeing the city to take care of their own families.
This year the police were given a weeks notice to see to their families and then return to duty.
Even in our little defense trade press world I've noticed more awareness from government and industry. Over the last couple weeks there was a significant increase in public relations announcements from the Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, and technology companies on their efforts to help during Gustav.
I pray that this is a positive sign and not a PR blitz as more storms loom off the coast.