Building on the growing criticism of the post-Sandy recovery efforts, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who headed up the Joint Task Force following Katrina, writes in CNN op-ed today that New York and New Jersey are ignoring big lessons from New Orleans.
Lt. Gen. Honore joins Soledad on Starting Point this morning to share advice he'd give to the authorities currently working on Sandy relief.
While Gen. Honore gives search and rescue efforts during Sandy an "A" grade, he isn't as satisfied with the recovery effort, saying, “What we learned in those two big storms, Katrina and Rita, is that when you go in with ground troops- the national guard and the army, you have to stay in those communities to focus on the vulnerable populations: the elderly, the disabled, and the poor.”
Honore says that regardless of how prepared citizens are, those groups that are most vulnerable need to be occupied and relationships need to be created so they know what someone is there when there is trouble.
Briefly commenting on the General Petraeus scandal, the Lieutenant General describes the former CIA director as an “outstanding general, and outstanding warrior who made a grave mistake."
Lieutenant General Russel Honore's op-ed piece, "Sandy Recovery is Stumbling" can be found here.