Since the passing of IKE, there has been the after-the-storm effort of helping people who are stranded, without house, power, whatever… to provide essential products such as water, MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and ice. Well if you watch the media, Houston has failed MISERABLY in providing that assistance. Well I have to tell you, I disagree.
C’mon people, it’s a emergency situation. No one can predict the actual path of a storm nor can they blink and have multiple 18 wheeler trucks instantly appear where the people need the emergency goods. I have watched every TV media complain (er, I mean question) the emergency response leaders on why the trucks weren’t at said location at a specific time. Here’s an example. And another. It really bothers me when the people who are being helped scream & moan about the service provided but are sure to make sure they get their share and more if possible. To make matters worse, the emergency response leaders actually bit on the baited hook the reporters tossed at them. So it became more about who did what when vs. who didn’t. I wish they would have just said “Hey people, we have these locations providing food and water… let’s focus on the people and provide the goods.” Press conference after conference where different leaders explained what the problem was, who should have… yada yada yada. Enough!
Anyone who stops and pays attention immediately can see that the main problem is that over 90% of the storm affected area was out of power after the storm passed. And yes, that can get people riled up. It’s ot fun trying to sleep in 80+ degree weather. It’s coming up on 72 hoursand I still don’t have power. But I am not complaning. I know that the rescue, electrical workers are working double time to restore power to the remaining people of the storm affected people.
So give the people who are helping you (many who are volunteers) a break. Please say thank you as you receive the emergency rations to tide you over until Houston recovers. Treat them rudely and these good people might not be there to help us weather the next storm.