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GAC
09-14-2005, 01:58 PM
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9337631/

Simply atrocious and deplorable. Last night I heard the administrative head of the Nursing Home Association also trying to defend these people.

ochre
09-14-2005, 02:06 PM
the NO mayor will take a hit in this (rightfully) too. He waited to long to make the evac mandatory. What these people did is reprehensible, but it takes longer to evac the invalid.

GAC
09-14-2005, 02:48 PM
What was interesting was that they interviewed one of the grown children (concerning their parent that was at that home), and she said they had talked with the people running that home two days before the storm hit (Saturday), and were given assurances that everyone was safe and there was no cause for alarm. And if necessary, they had a school bus lined up to evacuate if necessary.

Unassisted
09-14-2005, 02:48 PM
Definitely some irony brewing there. Aaron Broussard, the Jefferson Parish president was the guy who tried to make political hay out of this story on Meet The Press last weekend, and yet the nursing home owners' attorney is saying that the reason that they didn't evacuate was to see if the parish would issue a mandatory evacuation order. Who would have issued that order? Aaron Broussard's counterpart in neighboring St. Bernard parish.

Even if those people manage to wriggle out of the criminal charges, there are bound to be civil charges against them. They'll be sitting in courtrooms for the rest of this decade.

ochre
09-14-2005, 02:55 PM
Definitely some irony brewing there. Aaron Broussard, the Jefferson Parish president was the guy who tried to make political hay out of this story on Meet The Press last weekend, and yet the nursing home owners' attorney is saying that the reason that they didn't evacuate was to see if the parish would issue a mandatory evacuation order. Who would have issued that order? Aaron Broussard's counterpart in neighboring St. Bernard parish.
See, that's kind of where I draw a line. I am willing to blame the local politicos somewhat for this, but these nursing home owners/administrators had access to the information that clearly illustrated the flood scenario. They have a moral and legal obligation to look out for the well-being of those that have been entrusted to them. Saying they were waiting for a mandatory evac notice is an extremely weak defense.

GAC
09-14-2005, 03:06 PM
Yep. many were wheel chair bound, and when rescuers finally got into the building an found them, these poor people had been trying to prop up furniture and matresses to stop/slow the rising waters.

SandyD
09-15-2005, 12:13 PM
Nagin said something to this affect regarding "mandatory" vs "voluntary":

Who cares? This is real, man. If you can get out, go. Take someone with you. Think about your neighbors who don't have transportation ... check on elderly and sick friends, family, and relatives. Donít leave town with an empty seat in your car.

There may not have been a mandatory evacuation order, but if you have the responsibility to care for people who have limited mobility, you err on the side of caution and at least get them to high ground.

With the history of flooding in St. Bernard, there is really no excuse for leaving nursing home residents in a one or two story building.

RBA
09-15-2005, 12:18 PM
Political. ;)

Reds4Life
09-15-2005, 12:21 PM
To continue this, please make a thread on the new board.