jeffrey has left a new comment on your post "Ok, Ok...what about the Fed?":
I don't understand. Are you talking about a Hurricane evacuation plan? Because I guess we're just going with what we've been going with in that regard. What is it about the spill that should make the process any different?
Ok, here are some questions off the top of my head:
1. In the event of a hurricane which drives a high tidal surge that could affect a VERY large swath of coastal real estate, how does that affect us? We could be looking at a toxic tidal surge...what happens now?
2. Under that scenario, if there are massive areas which will be evacuated, have they planned for that in terms of evacuation routes? What if they require an evacuation from Pensacola to New Orleans? If they don't make that decision well ahead of time...can you imagine the cluster fuck we're going to see occur on southern interstates?
3. Are they taking that clusterfuck scenario into account when they pull the trigger on evacuation plans? Does that mean the decision to evacuate will be on a hair trigger, or will they be much more conservative in their decision to pull the trigger?
4. If we are hit with even a minor hurricane and we get hit with toxic sludge, even in a minor way (Allah forbid it pushes it's way into Pontchartrain or even into our water supply in the Mississippi) how is that going to affect the length of time in which we are allowed to come back into the city? Are we looking at a potential "indefinite" evacuation?
If that's the case, they should tell us that is a possibility now, so we can plan on it.
If I'm running a business, and I am evacuated thinking I'm going to get right back into the city after the threat....I need to be told that you may end up in a Katrina situation and not be able to get back into the city for months.
While New Orleanians are more aware of that possibility, I doubt Mobile, Pensacola, Tampa, considered that reality.
My overall point is that the fear mongering on hurricane + oil, is only going to build and build....i.e., the Huff & Puff Post is building the doomsday scenarios on a daily basis.
Everyone seems to be focusing on plugging the well....I hope that happens soon, but that's completely in BP's hands.
Evacuation plans are in our government's hands. Let' s hope they have a plan.