| A good friend of mine from Ft Pierce FL went immediatly after
| Katrina to try to help out. He's personally been hit badly by
| hurricanes, and felt the need to help.
| On the second day, he was told, in the strongest terms, to go home,
| "that things were under control"..they'd call him.
| He had water, a couple of generators, some fuel, food, a couple of
Lesson: An emergency is, almost by definition, a situation that
is not under sufficient control to protect lives and
When you next speak with your friend, please pass along my
appreciation for his efforts. If I'd gone there - as I should have -
I'd have had need of his generator after the second day.
DeSoto, Iowa USA