Rescue workers went door to door asking people to leave.
If they refused, rescue workers gave them Magic Markers and asked them to write their Social Security numbers on their body parts so they could be identified later on.
"It's cold, but it's effective,' Mr. Judkins explained.
That simple strategy could have persuaded hundreds of people to save their own lives in New Orleans.
What the city needed most was coldly effective local leaders, not a president in Washington who could feel their pain.