Nobody knows. That's pretty scary. In the event of a "signifcant" tropical storm +, what is the game plan for the city, and Gulf Coast region in general?
I guess what I'm asking is hurricane + oil = ????
There are rumors flying around on the internet, which need to be either dispelled or confirmed. I don't see our city, state, or federal entities coming to the forefront to let us know what the plan is.
Joel Achenbach, from the Washington Post, was kind enough to reply to me in response to the article he recently posted in which financial anaylst and oil "insider", Matt Simmons, claimed the entire Gulf Coast will be evacuated. Achenbach pointed out the subtle snark he made towards Simmons, referring to him as "a font of apocalyptic predictions". He stressed that readers would be able to discern that Simmons was making an egregious claim.
Unfortunately that quote made it around to numerous conspiracy sites and the notion of a mandatory Gulf Coast evacuation seems to be very real in lots of folks' minds.
After pointing that out to Achenbach, he seemed to appreciate the need for us, the people along the Gulf Coast, to get answers from those who will decide our fate in the event of a tropical storm. I am hoping that the WaPo will find answers for us soon from DHS, and the state entities who are responsible for evacuation procedures.