Right on schedule, it’s… National Preparedness Month!

The site maintainer[s? I’ll be kind and assume it’s one overworked
webmaster with other obligations] hasn’t had the time to update their
main page content to mention Katrina or link to relief efforts. 
Clearly a northerner.  A 6-page press release sent out today had two mentions of Katrina edited in at the last moment.  The title of the release, “COALITION FORCES MORE THAN DOUBLE IN SIZE TO JOIN HOMELAND
SECURITY AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2005
“,
like its subtitle and leading paragraph, read like so much meaningless
copy, as though there were no disasters actually taking place at the
moment. 

If you see Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff or American Red Cross Chairman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
during their appearances today in DC, please thank them for me; each of
them added a single sentence about Katrina to their quotes in the
release.  Ms. McElveen-Hunter is quoted as saying,

In the
terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there could be no more
important message than the need for Americans to get prepared for the
next disaster.

I hope the  need to help with the current disaster is next on the “important messages” priority list.

Some local reps to contact to find out how well these national activities are preparing citizens for emergencies :

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