It’s up to you to be ready
May 24, 2006
The Miami Herald nailed it today:
If there is one thing we learned last year from Katrina, Rita and especially Wilma — and also the year before from Frances and Jeanne — it is this:
Residents of the hurricane zone cannot rely on government to rush to their sides immediately after a major storm. In the end, we all must accept responsibility for our safety during a hurricane and our well-being during the awful days and weeks that follow.
'People always ask me, `Is the state ready for hurricane season?' '' said Craig Fugate, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “My standard answer is: `I don't know. Do you have a plan? Do you have supplies?'
“People who have resources often don't get around to using them to get ready for a hurricane or they are in denial. Then, after the disaster, they expect someone to take care of them. But this can't be just a government solution.''