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Sunday, June 15, 2008

After the Fact

John Tenneil, Alice in Wonderland
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Ranger Question of the Day:

Why would emergency planners place emergency

generators in areas that are likely to be flooded?

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In the wake of the recent Midwest floods, the Cedar Rapids, IA, hospital was evacuated because emergency generators -- located on the lower levels -- might be flooded.

"Water was seeping into the hospital's lower levels, where the emergency generator is located, said Dustin Hinrichs of the Linn County emergency operations center."

"They proactively and preventatively started evacuation basically guessing on the fact they were going to lose power," he said (Inundated: Midwest Flooding Spurs Evacuation.)

Why were the generators not proactively and preventively placed above the flood plain? Were planners not aware that generators cannot function under water?

Why were the generators not placed on roofs?

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4 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

they were probably put there because there was a republican appointee who wanted to be the next member of this adminstration to say

no one could have anticipated that. . .

it's a continuity thing.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 7:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

MB,

[smile.]

As always, you limn things down to their essential truths. Thank you.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 7:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB, i just can't heap all the crap on the Republican types-i'm sure this was a bipartisan mess.
This is so basic that it defies imagination- i really believe that people just don't think thru a problem. jim

Monday, June 16, 2008 at 9:20:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Arkhamite said...

I can't stand all these so-called Democrats who go out of their way to characterize Sen. McCain as a "decent" man. He reminds me of Marshal Petain. The Bush administration has so blatantly allied itself with the forces of autocracy (e.g. Saudi Arabia, etc.) that the U.S. is essentially functioning as an occupied territory. So, whatever their military blunders, my view is that the real problem here is that Bush has brought tyranny home to America. Treason, then.

Also I am a person who has been locked up against my will, and I was so angry about it for the first few days that I gave them hell. Then I realized that I was making the whole thing worse for everybody else who was locked up with me. If I read correctly the story of McCain in the Hanoi Hilton, he was instigating conflict with the guards the whole time, and that always makes things worse for all involved. Also, what is this business about McCain bravely choosing to stay in the prison and the jailers wanting to let him go because his father was an admiral? Couldn't they have just hogtied him and hauled him out of there? Something doesn't add up there.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 9:10:00 AM GMT-5  

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