What happened in New Orleans and area is impossible to imagine. But as the residents there were given several days of warning to evacuate, it's surprising relief efforts were not there until about a week later.
It's hard to imagine the suffering of those who survived to be trapped in a building for days without water, food or sanitation.
Canada is willing to help from hundreds of miles away with millions of dollars and volunteers, including numerous doctors and nurses.
I think we should prepare for emergencies in our own country, where we also face fires and floods, and where help is also badly needed. Whenever these tragedies do take place in our country, we never seem to depend or get any assistance from the United States.