After a week, the best we can come up with is water cannons and rushed water drops by helicopter pilots in fear of their lives?
What about robotics? I mean, we can kill folks in Pakistan by remote control from Kansas. We have these "cool" (sarcastic) Big Dog robots, that could easily carry a fire hose and not worry about milli-sieverts.
Where is all the Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) warfare gear that we blew all that money on back in the Cold War? We have mini-subs that go to the BP disaster at 5,000 feet; but we don't have a remote controlled fire truck?
I haven't got much more to say.
We are either faced with a total lack of imagination by the powers that be, or the tacit admission that all that techno-crap was a worthless boondoggle, or the unspeakable truth that we only design tech stuff to kill people and can't adapt it to save people.
Take your pick. Its all pathetic.