Thanks to fellow Chicagoboy James for the link to this photo:
Normally I wouldn’t stress the German contribution that much, but after our Minister of the Environment angered so many people, I think it needs to be pointed out that he isn’t speaking for Germany and that the official reaction amounts to more than a nice telegram.
From Deutsche Welle
After initial hesitation, US officials on Sunday handed their German counterparts a “wish list” of emergency aid such as logistics experts, water purification plants and medical help for victims of hurricane Katrina.
William Timken, the new US ambassador to Germany, handed the list to German government officials during a meeting Sunday afternoon.
The list largely corresponds with help that had been offered by Germany: logistics experts, pumps, drinking water and water purification systems, generators, emergency shelters, blankets and medical help.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has also offered with vaccines, medical equipment and large quantities of aid packages.
William Timken thanked Germany for the willingness to help, including 25 tons of meals that have already been flown to the US. A first plane with 10 tons of food arrived on Saturday, while a second delivery was due to arrive in Pensacola, Florida at about 9 p.m. UTC.
Germany’s flying hospital, Medevac, which was used in the tsunami areas, is expected to arrive in the US on Monday, according to German public broadcaster NDR.
The plane comes with “a complete team of about 40 doctors and nurses,” Andreas Künkler, a German air force pilot who delivered the first shipment of aid to the US. “That’s what makes this plane unique in the world.”
There is also this, if requested:
In addition, a medical ship is in the Atlantic on its way to Egypt for an exercise but could be redirected anytime to the hurricane-stricken region.