Keeping us safe

From Scout:

Oh yeah they’re the ones to keep us safe. Due to Bush’s wars we will have to make “difficult decisions” if 2 storms hit close together. But that would nevah (Katrina, Rita) happen. …

WASHINGTON (AP) — Strapped by war and equipment shortages, the National Guard will find it difficult to deal with two or more major hurricanes if they sweep ashore in different regions around the same time, Guard leaders say.

To counter equipment shortfalls caused largely by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Guard has borrowed more than $500 million worth of equipment from the active duty military to restock its units. Thousands of trucks, Humvees and other supplies have been shifted mostly from inland states’ Guard units closer to where storms are more likely to strike.


If a hurricane hits North Carolina and another one spins toward Texas, “we would have to make some very difficult decisions,” Col. Pat Tennis, the National Guard’s director of operations, told the Associated Press.

“Have we thinned the lines? Yes we have. Could we deal with the consequences of another hurricane like Katrina? Yes. Could we deal with two? That would be very challenging,” Tennis said.


“If we get sequential or simultaneous events, it could be a problem. We might not have the equipment we need nearby and we might have to go clear across the country to get it.” (emphasis mine)

Had enough?