Katrina brainstorm - What about the closed military bases?
9/02/2005 08:10:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
What about all of the country's military bases that have been mothballed in the past or are scheduled to be closed now? Couldn't they be easily turned into refugee camps, with the barracks, the mess areas, and the grocery/store in place?

Just a thought. Any others? What are we going to do with all these people that have no home, no job, etc. I still can't stop thinking about it.
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On 9:50 PM , RomeHater said...

Griffis Air Force Base in Rome has been suggested. The problem is that 10 year old abandoned barracks would be required to get $2.5 million in repairs to facilities that would hold about 600 people. $4,000 per person isn't exactly cheap. This was the site of Woodstock 99, and that didn't work out so well for facilities.

As a right winger, I have a question. Why aren't the manufacturers of solar energy systems sending solar power generators to places with no power? You'd think it would be a perfect opportunity to showcase the utility of decentralized power.

On 10:21 PM , Liz Logan said...

I heard someone mention this on CNN tonight. Can't remember the details, though. But it seems like an obvious solution.

On 9:25 AM , Jeff McIntire-Strasburg said...

Or, for that matter, any state or federal property not in use -- from what I understand, there's quite a bit of it. I know there's one building here in St. Louis that's been at the center of a scuffle between developers (who want to turn it into a parking structure) and homeless advocate the Rev. Larry Rice (who wants to turn it into a shelter and training center). Seems to me that any sound structure that's sitting empty could be turned into emergency shelter on fairly short notice.