NY Times has a lengthy story on lessons that NYC is learning from Irene.
I was particularly struck by, "Margarita López, a Housing Authority commissioner, said future plans would have to include accommodations for pets at shelters. “I will be honest with you,” she said. “It did not occur to us that people would not leave if their pets did not come with them.”
Planning for evacuations was a priority before the storm, with the focus on educating tenants.
Ms. López, a former member of the City Council, had been spearheading the agency’s plan to prepare for the effects of global warming, including the possibility of rising seas and stronger storms flooding low-lying properties.
This year, she met with 700 tenants in the Rockaways and explained how to evacuate quickly and how important it was to do so when the city gave the order."
I am no disaster specialist, but I would have though that anyone who would be spearheading efforts like this would have known that people would not voluntarily leave pets behind from what happened in Katrina. This was extensively reported.
I did find the city's thoughts on the kayakers to be rescued to be pretty funny, "“The lesson of the kayakers may have been ‘We cannot underestimate the stupidity of some people during a storm,’ and our warnings in the future may need to reflect that,” Mr. Browne said." Having seen what some of the kayakers do around here when the creeks are raging, I am not surprised.
They clearly learned a lot from the terrible lessons of Katrina, and a lot of disaster planning was clearly done well in advance of the storm.
Anyway, a good article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/ny...%2Findex.jsonp