‘government’s disaster response wins praise from those affected’

New York Times: It has been the deadliest natural disaster on American soil since Hurricane Katrina. But the government response to the tornadoes that devastated the South last week has, at least in the first few days, drawn little of the searing criticism aimed at federal agencies back in

In numerous interviews in the low-income Alberta neighborhood here on Friday, shortly before President Obama and other officials toured what is now an unimaginable wasteland, residents said they had few complaints about the handling of the aftermath by state, local and federal agencies.

Many expressed mild frustration about limits on their access to damaged homes, the pace of road clearing and power restoration, and traffic jams caused by roadblocks and nonfunctioning signals. But most agreed that government and charitable agencies were coping as effectively as feasible with immediate demands for shelter, food, water and medical care, along with search and rescue operations.

“It ain’t like Katrina,” said Darius Rutley, 21, whose house in Alberta was obliterated. “We’re getting help.”

Axavier Wilson, 20, who survived the storm in a closet as the rest of his house blew away, said he had been impressed that both Gov. Robert Bentley and Mr. Obama had visited rapidly. “I don’t think there’s much to mumble and grumble about,” he said. “Everybody feels secure about getting help.”

There was a single cry of “Help us” on Friday from a man who watched the president’s motorcade roll through a treeless lunar landscape, but hardly the wails of stunned desperation shouted from New Orleans rooftops…..

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5 Responses to “‘government’s disaster response wins praise from those affected’”

  1. April 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I am so glad to hear this. A little well-deserved praise goes along way.

  2. 2 Theo67
    April 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This President and his Administration have been working for the people, showing them what a government is SUPPOSED to do in a civilized country and civilized world. People should never have to wonder how to handle a crisis or be left afraid when they are vulnerable. One more piece of evidence that he’s in the right place, at the right time. I know he’s going to go on to do even more after he leaves the White House. His sister said they were raised by their mother to live a life of service. Thank heaven for President Obama.

  3. 3 HZ
    April 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    We give thanks for our POTUS and FLOTUS. We give thanks for President Obama’s Administration. God bless them throughout this day. Give him wisdom, patience, grace, and the continued intellect to speak with his heart, mind and soul for the good of the people.

    • 4 barb
      April 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Amen. Thank you Father that you have given us a righteous leader that is our President. We pray that You continue to guide and protect Him.

  4. April 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    They are all SOCIALIST now aren’t they? Hope they remember this at the polls.

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