"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
So many of the people criticizing at the time had no knowledge nor experience themselves with hurricanes. The fact is that you never know what a hurricane will decide to do. Another fact is that it's stupid to send rescue personnel into a hurricane.
Galveston remembered its great tragedy early in the 20th century and has always drilled its citizens. This preparedness was demonstrated during Rita, when, in a matter of an hour or so, John Sealy and Shriner patients as well as those in nursing homes were safely evacuated.