Bush had an interesting comment on the problem: "I take this issue very seriously, The people of the country ought to rest assured that we're doing everything we can." We ought to "rest assured"?!?!? In other words, "Sit down, shut up and daddy will take care of everything!" Problem with that idea is that the blog Bump in the Beltway estimates we're about three years behind in planning for how to deal with it. Fortunately, regular people, scientists and Democrats are raising a stink based on their review of how effectively the government dealt with Hurricane Katrina.
News aggregators and blogrolls News blogs and daily commentary
Authoritative sources of background information
Maps and statistics
Please keep in mind this is a partial list and that I just picked out what seemed to me to be the most directly relevant items that newbies like myself might be interested in. Lots more where that came from.