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May 12, 2011

An enduring issue in homeland security

Filed under: Catastrophes — by Arnold Bogis on May 12, 2011

How do appropriate authorities, today and going forward, deal with this attitude?

Guidroz said that the Southern Louisiana community “is protected better than we were 70 years ago” but that most residents did not build their homes above flood levels. Building on pilings 10 feet aboveground is expensive. And residents “just don’t think it’s going to happen to them in their lifetime,” Guidroz said. “They’re willing to take the chance.”

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3 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2011 @ 7:41 am

A human lifetime is just too short a period of record when it comes to natural hazards. Perhaps warfare also.
Human memory is a very very fallible feature of human existence.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 12, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

Well the Casinos lining the Mississippi River have all been shutdown and evacuated. Now the great gamble will begin?

Comment by Lou Alfano

May 12, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

If “They’re willing to take the chance,” then it becomes the individuals’ responsibility to repair or replace any such building damaged by flood waters.

“Taking the chance” also means “taking the responsibility,” and FEMA should be let off the hook in such situations.

We have evolved, sadly, into a nation of government dependents, instead of rugged individualists.

“Take the chance” at your own risk!

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