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Re Katrina Death Toll

A Corner reader writes:

Dear Mr. May –

I noticed your post today on the Corner regarding the much lower than expected number of deaths in Louisiana from Katrina than feared. The low number is even more remarkable when compared to what was predicted would happen in a category 3 storm (and Katrina was category 4).

The most interesting information in the much reported on “Hurricane Pam” simulation/study done in 2004 is this: 61,290 people die, including 24,250 in New Orleans. An additional 384,000 are injured or fall ill.

http://www.nola.com/newslogs/breakingtp/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_Times-Picayune/archives/2005_09_09.html

This tells me that in the area that matters most, saving lives, the response to the disaster was extraordinary. How can this be? How about the following:

1. Well before the storm hits, President Bush calls governor (and mayor?) to evacuate.

2. Mayor, even if belatedly, orders mandatory evacuation.

3. Coast Guard, military and other federal government employees rescue thousands from the flood. Last time I checked, all these people work for President Bush.

4. Heroic efforts of individuals themselves.

Regards,

Mark Hulings

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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