Monday, September 12, 2005

Something's Missing

Jack Kelly writes:

But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth.

Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne."

For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three.

Leaving aside the fact that Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992 and not 2002, and without fact-checking the basic assertions about federal response times, let's deal with this by playing a game of Jeopardy.

Answer: What Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, Iniki, Francine, and Jeanne all have in common.