Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans -- and the delay
helping stranded people get out or even get water and food -- is
raising questions that U.S. cities may be ill-prepared to cope with
a potentially worse disaster: a major attack. ... As Americans
reeled at images of death and desperation among the city's refugees,
experts on domestic security said a nuclear or biological attack on
a big U.S. city could cause greater mayhem, and unlike the storm,
come without warning. [AlertNet]
Which raises an interesting point. Katrina was known to be headed into
New Orleans a few days in advance, and the potential damage was known and
understood years ahead of time. Yet this "unexpected" event threw the US
Government into total confusion.
In contrast, the aftermath of 9-11 seemed quite well coordinated, which
strongly suggests that 9-11 was not "unexpected" at all, especially when
one considers that all the various players, including FEMA, were already
in position for a "terror drill" the day before it happened.