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The Superdome was twelve feet below water level, protected only if the levees held, and the roof did not seem structurally sound enough to withstand the storm. In addition, because there had been no evacuation, conditions were likely to overwhelm available state and local rescue personnel. I explained that I was certain this was likely to be the big national disaster for which we had trained, and I was concerned that there were not enough supplies and personnel in position to safely ride out the storm, then immediately move in to effect search and rescue.

However, we recognized that it was precisely because there was no immediate threat that we needed to do the work. People often assume that cities, states, and counties are prepared for catastrophic events. Law enforcement agencies have evacuation plans; though they are often planned in great detail they are quite limited. This is because they are created for sporting events and other forms of entertainment that draw large regional crowds. The evacuation plans are designed to quickly and safely move what may be thousands of cars from the stadium, arena, or other site to the residential sections of the city and suburbs.

These ensure that whenever Th e C i t y B u i l t U n d e r w a t e r ╇ ╇╇╇╇ 53 medications are taken from storage to the disaster site they will provide their intended health benefits. Another factor in our Hurricane Pam planning was determining how we would move the stockpiled supplies to the areas where they were needed. The government does not own massive fleets of trucks and buses that are designated for use when disaster strikes. Buying and maintaining such fleets in several locations throughout the nation would be far too costly.

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