It's not just the coastal areas that are devasted. The size and strength of this storm pushed hurricane force winds nearly to the Tennessee border. When you think about how to send in relief to that large of an area--the mind just doesn't grasp the scope of the demand or need. It isn't just the areas you see on TV--the major Cities and coastal areas---these are just the welll recognized parts that the media has gravitated to. Cities like Hattiesburg and Jackson are torn up, as well as smaller towns and rural communities. Get out your maps and draw a big oval--starting at the gulf, at the mouth of the Mississppi, and going north and expanding to near the Tn border. That's what we have to deal with--not just a few cities and some coastal resort areas. Add to it the fact that when people were told to evacuate--they didn't. Not all were unable, either fiscally or physically....some just stayed because they didn't want to leave. Residents of the Gulf Coast have been enduring hurricanes all their lives and, having survived before, had no reason to think otherwise this time. There's also a natural tendency to want to stay and protect your own turf--I know I would be torn between fleeing and staying put--we discusssed it prior to the storm's arrival, and before the last few, as well. I still don't know what we'd have done, had Katrina made landfall 100 miles to the east.