Too many worries

I just tripped over this editorial from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, originally published 8/26/2005: A Job for the Experts (annoying subscription required).

As things stand now, in the event of an avian flu pandemic the Department of Homeland Security will have overall responsibility for coordinating the nation’s response. Two weeks ago, I would have thought this was a bad idea — but now in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and DHS’s proven incompentance for dealing with emergency response of any sort (even the most predictable sort like a massive hurricane strike in New Orleans), I think it is a terrifyingly bad idea.

However, unlike Katrina, it’s likely that bird flu will kill everyone, rich and poor alike — so maybe DHS will pay a bit more attention?

I doubt it. I think we’re all in this together.

Posted on September 8th, 2005 by Katxena