. - (Air: Tuesday, August 25, 2015)
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The words of George Santayana from more than 100 years ago compel us to remember the storm that our turned our world upside down ten years ago this weekend.
Katrina is an event that many people find too painful to revisit, but some of us must do just that. We must remember every failure and oversight of emergency preparedness that contributed to needless loss of life. We must remember that each of us bear responsibility for our own family's personal emergency plan. We must remember that we are not all of the same ability when confronted with an emergency situation and we must commit not to leave anyone behind. We must remember that emergency planning, while unglamorous, is required and is a valuable use of our government tax dollars. We must remember that emergency management leader is a most important government responsibility and it is not a job that should be given to a political crony.
You don't need to tell people in Louisiana. There will be another emergency.