Thoussands of people had no resources or way to leave, and were told they'd be safe in the superdome, and expected they'd be safe at that convention center
It's a fiasco, obviously, and I think everyone, including the government...got caught with their proverbial pants down and left in shock. Shock and dismay, bewilderment...these things slow us all down. The reaction time to this disaster proves to me that in a major disaster, you are on your own for maybe a week. I've heard that prediction hundreds of times, and have found it to be true. A few years back i was caught in 'the blizzard of the century' and it shut down DENVER for nearly a week, in spite of plow trucks being the norm for a winter city, we were all stuck when the snow fell nonstop for over 24 hours, and the city streets were buried underneath three feet of snow.
I don't believe anyone really expected this kind of devastation, and it took a while for emergency response teams to gear up. Still, since it was forecast this was to be a category 4 or more? why wasn't a better response plan already in place BEFORE the event? We need to look closely at FEMA and all of our Emer agencies, to see where we can improve before the next disaster.
But please, stop blaming the people who are already victims, and those who are caught trying to help with not much more than a bandaid in their hand when it's major surgery that is needed.
As for the government...apologies accepted, you know you screwed up.
But WE the people, are the government.