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  •  That makes no sense - 8K still missing? (6+ / 0-)

    One would think that 8000 missing adults would be enough to focus a national initiative on finding them.  They can't ALL be gone.  It wouldn't take much to clone the DB for the missing kids and adapt it for the adults.  Then a nation-wide message - the equivalent of an Amber alert, only bigger - at least SOME would be found.

    That number is outrageous!

    •  political will and money (6+ / 0-)

      The National Center for Missing Adults spent a couple hundred thousand dollars in the weeks right after Katrina made landfall creating a database to assist the federal government's efforts in locating and reuniting missing adult family members.  They had some successes.

      As the months wore on though, the NCMA did not receive the federal reimbursement that they had been promised for rapidly deploying the database and other assets like phonebanks.

      Soon, the political-conventional wisdom became that these missing adults did not want to be found.  And in some cases, I am sure that this is true.

      But, there were hundreds of families separated during the evacuation without money, cellphones or any notion of where they were going.  Many older adults were ill and disoriented, hardly able to identify themselves.  There is a whole section in the coroner's registry for people who died after the evacuation that are not being counted in the storm total of attributable deaths.

      Others still that are being found in their homes that bear the marks of being searched.  The search protocols sucked, albeit in terms that favored the safety of the searchers, but there is no telling how many folks were alive, but unfound and in distress when those homes were marked off with that orange tattoo of death.

      Claws beat Skin Take Back America

      by polydactyl on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 09:32:07 AM PDT

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      •  Another place $$s should have been spent (4+ / 0-)
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        What is WITH this Admin.  Their lack of sense for prioritization is criminal.  As for the 8K not wanting to be found, you may be right, but how many are those who owe debts whether it be child support or other.  There certainly is a possibility that they will crop up later, maybe even being in the position to pay then.  Or those who had mental problems or PTSD who would want to be found but cannot find themselves now.  It just doesn't make sense to me that this part of the search wasn't executed completely on.

        •  There is all kind of "promised" money (2+ / 0-)
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          that is left to be reimbursed.  I wouldn't get my knickers in a twist over it except that there seems to be a pattern of discrimination on the state level, i.e., I don't think that there are any outstanding payments for Mississippi.  But just in my little town, the Feds owe over half a million to the school system and the city in unreimbursed expenses.  This is for stuff like special needs sheltering of disabled people, "official" shelters in city facilities, and extra portable buildings for school expansions to meet evacuee needs.  

          The one that gets my goat is the $200K for school buses, gas and drivers that went to NOLA for the Superdome/Convention Center evacuation at the end of the first week.  

          Our schools were closed for four days because there were no buses (and then they went through cleaning and maintenance)because the Department of Homeland Security's contract vendor, Landstar couldn't uphold the terms of their contract.

          There ought to be a law :(

          If readers know of other outstanding liabilities for non-payment in local communities in MS or TX, please post them.  I'd like to know.  I reckon that TX has their share, but I'm not familiar with the stories.

          Claws beat Skin Take Back America

          by polydactyl on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 12:20:22 PM PDT

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      •  As of last December ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... a good family friend had yet to be in contact with his best friend from childhood from NO.

        Even if his friend had survived, the chances of him carrying the phone numbers of his friends and relatives to safety are -- well, less miniscule than they would have been prior to cell phones, but still pretty damn small.

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