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Katrina/New Orleans Timeline - Was FEMA Really Slow?
Multiple Sources | 8/26-9/1/2005 | Multiple

Posted on 09/13/2005 9:08:00 PM PDT by PhatHead

Sorry for the long post, but I just want to add my timeline. Let me briefly explain the purpose of this. I tried to focus only on a couple of narrow issues. In particular, the now widely-accepted “truth” that the Federal response was “slow” and that people at the Convention Center and Superdome were somehow ignored or abandoned. In fact, as the timeline shows, those at the Superdome were actually well-fed (I say this as one who has eaten many MRE’s in his life.) They also began evacuating within two days of the hurricane, despite the added complication of the floods. Despite mockery of Chertoff and Brown’s statements that they did not know about the crowds at the Convention Center until Thursday, the 1st, my research confirmed my memory: nobody knew about them until then. Finally, I just wanted a few more notes to make clear that President bush and FEMA were well aware of the magnitude of the situation, and took actions before the storm.

I have tried to stay away from the actions of Blanco and Nagin, for the most part, because to me, the biggest story of Katrina, the most shameful part of it, is the way that it exposed the violent, the uncivilized and the helpless. They are truly victims – not of the storm, but of decades of corrupt, bigoted liberal policies. Had more of them had a respect for the law, for private property and for self-reliance, we’d have seen as little of them as we have seen of the many thousands of storm victims in neighboring Mississippi and in the outlying areas of Louisiana.

It is not my intent to minimize the true human suffering of all the victims, even those who might have, with a little foresight, alleviated some of their own suffering. Nobody deserves that. Nor is it my intent to portray the Superdome or Convention Center as comfortable havens. Rather, I want to emphasize that the rescue and relief efforts have been a massive, Herculean effort involving many thousands of people, both government and private. The largest natural disaster to ever strike this nation had devastated 90,000 square miles, left hundreds of thousands homeless, disrupted communications and destroyed major roads and highways. Even as some chanted for food at the Convention Center, many thousands more were being plucked from rooftops and swamps. In the midst of this, some tried to make the plight of people who were already in shelters the central issue; while thousands of brave men were still trying to save people in true jeopardy to bring them to a shelter. To decry as slow and racist the Federal government’s response to this disaster simply because the buses took two days is a slander to the efforts of Katrina’s true heroes.

Friday, 26 August 2005

Saturday, 27 August 2005

Sunday, 28 August 2005

Monday, 29 August 2005

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Wednesday, 31 August 2005

Thursday, 1 September 2005

Saturday, 3 September 2005



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KEYWORDS: blanco; fema; katrina; katrinatimeline; mdm; nagin; neworleans; notfemasfault; timeline

1 posted on 09/13/2005 9:08:03 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: PhatHead

You need to add to it President Bush met with Blanco and Nagin on Sept 1 and Blanco asked for 24 hours to give her answer. Friday moring the troops and convoys arrived.


2 posted on 09/13/2005 9:22:19 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We're a First World Country with a Third World Press (Except for Hume & Garrett ))
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To: PhatHead
Some truncated links in the timeline above (copy and paste error) - my apologies - corrected here:

Friday, 26 August 2005

Saturday, 27 August 2005

Sunday, 28 August 2005

Monday, 29 August 2005

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Wednesday, 31 August 2005

Thursday, 1 September 2005

Saturday, 3 September 2005


3 posted on 09/13/2005 9:36:20 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: McGavin999
You need to add to it President Bush met with Blanco and Nagin on Sept 1 and Blanco asked for 24 hours to give her answer. Friday moring the troops and convoys arrived.

Well, I was trying to focus on some narrow issues, and I did not see any accounts of that meeting where the Convention Center or Superdome were specifically discussed. If you have, please feel free to post the source - it would be a good addition. By the 1st, people were already being evacuated, and the folks at the Convention Center were just beginning to be reported.

4 posted on 09/13/2005 9:39:05 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: McGavin999

Here is a letter to the editor I sent to my local paper? Free to use.

By XXXX XXXXXXXXX
The President, 24 hours early not 24 hours late. Did the President’s early involvement save thousands?

Conventional wisdom among many pundits is that President Bush was 24 hours late getting involved in the Katrina rescues. As is often the case with conventional wisdom, it doesn’t stand up to the facts.

According to The Times-Picayune article published on 8/28/2005 [before landfall], President Bush personally called Gov Blanco and appealed for a mandatory evacuation. The relevant quote from the article is “Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.” Since this was posted to The Times-Picayune web site on the 28th, it is reasonable to assume that news conference was held on the 28th and the President’s call probably happen late on the 27th or early on the 28th.

According to Gov. Blanco, President Bush became personally involved well before landfall. In addition, according to a 8/27/05 The Associated Press report [again published before landfall], President Bush and his staff met on Friday evening [8/26/2005] to begin coordinating the relief effort. These meeting were held in Crawford while the President was still on "vacation".

The call from the President appealing for a mandatory evacuation is important in context because his call gave the Governor and Mayor political cover to make an earlier voluntary evacuation order mandatory. According to various media reports, the Mayor indicated that he had delayed the mandatory evacuation for legal liability reason. He said during earlier Hurricane evacuation orders the city had been sued by local businesses for loss of business.

So the call from the President and others such as Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center gave the Governor and Mayor the backbone they needed to make the evacuation order mandatory. We will never know for sure if the Mayor and Governor would have eventually called for a mandatory evacuation without the President's call. The only thing we can be sure of is that the president was not 24 hours late, he was at least 24-48 hours early and his personal involvement in what is a local and state matter might have saved thousands.


5 posted on 09/13/2005 9:44:32 PM PDT by spna
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To: spna

I think you should add this to your time line.

August 26, 2005 President Bush declared a emergency exists for Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts. This also authorized DHS, FEMA to mobilize the relief effort.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050827-1.html


6 posted on 09/13/2005 10:15:57 PM PDT by Deano4USA
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To: spna

I think you should add this to your time line.

August 26, 2005 President Bush declared a emergency exists for Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts. This also authorized DHS, FEMA to mobilize the relief effort.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050827-1.html


7 posted on 09/13/2005 10:17:17 PM PDT by Deano4USA
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To: PhatHead

Was FEMA slow, I dunno, ask Clinton and dim Dewitt, his cabinet level position FEMA director about Floyd, or the Chicago 1995 heat wave? One thing for sure, the bloody MSM did not hold them accountable for anything?

http://mensnewsdaily.com/blog/kouri/2005/09/clintons-mythical-fema.html

In 1995, Clinton and the democrats let over 700, mostly Black, elderly and disabled die alone and unaided in the Chicago heat wave.

"That is the implicit verdict of Eric Klinenberg's Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, a sensitive postmortem of the heat-related deaths of a staggering 739 Chicago citizens -- typically lone seniors concealed in brick-oven apartments -- during a blazing July week. Klinenberg, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, and a Chicagoan, moves beyond the customary medical inquiry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which identified death risks after the stifling weather -- including (not surprisingly) an inaccessibility of air conditioning."

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/441890


8 posted on 09/13/2005 11:18:08 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: PhatHead; .30Carbine; 1066AD; A Citizen Reporter; AFPhys; Abby4116; Alamo-Girl; Angelwood; ...
Excellent timeline, with media links, of the response to Katrina in New Orleans, from PhatHead. Thanks!

This ping goes out to those who posted on Wolfstar's Katrina timeline thread (as of about Post #467).

If I get time this weekend, I will look to add this timeline to my consolidation of Wolfstar's photographic timeline, at http://sanityisland.us/katrina/Katrina.html.

9 posted on 09/13/2005 11:30:31 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (To err is human; to moo is bovine.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Brilliant! And thank you.


10 posted on 09/13/2005 11:39:08 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Thanks for the ping.

Bookmarked

11 posted on 09/13/2005 11:57:07 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem !)
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To: PhatHead; All
Crosslinked:

HURRICANE KATRINA- archive of links Click the picture:


12 posted on 09/14/2005 1:59:55 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: PhatHead
Great timeline.

Any timeline, of course, has its own focus and criteria of significance, and its own time window. What follows is a timeline of sorts, which skims highlights of FEMA over the past two administrations.

Ben Stein points out that "the media" "rioted" about the time of the Chernoff interview. But mabelkitty pointed out that the whole scenario was a reprise of Hurricane Andrew back in '92, with FL governor Lawton Chiles behaving much like Blanco has, and Bush 41 being the target of the media riot.

I posted this barf alert thread which shows the left in the very act of establishing the meme that presidents named Bush don't do disaster management. In that thread dirtboy makes the excellent point that Andrew was far more damaging than any hurricane FEMA responded to during the Clinton years - and that Katrina dwarfs Andrew.

Yet FEMA was not truly free from criticism, even from Jesse Jackson, during the Clinton Administration.


13 posted on 09/14/2005 2:06:23 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Great! Thanks for the heads-up, TPC!


14 posted on 09/14/2005 2:59:41 AM PDT by rvoitier (SMILE! There's a NYT reporter in jail.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

BTTT!!!!!


15 posted on 09/14/2005 3:02:44 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: ThePythonicCow

Many thanks and a bump.


16 posted on 09/14/2005 3:16:18 AM PDT by metesky (This land was your land, this land is MY land; I bought the rights from a town selectman!)
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bump


17 posted on 09/14/2005 3:34:58 AM PDT by maica (Do not believe the garbage the media is feeding you back home. ---Allegra (in Iraq))
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To: PhatHead
Excellent work, PhatHead. This needs to be sent to every lefty blog out there and posted multiple times on Slate.com. Let then choke on it.
18 posted on 09/14/2005 4:25:20 AM PDT by .cnI redruM ( "Go ahead, punk, make my Earl Grey." - Mark Steyn)
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To: PhatHead

bttt


19 posted on 09/14/2005 4:51:13 AM PDT by bitt ('But once the shooting starts, a plan is just a guess in a party dress.' Michael Yon)
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To: PhatHead

I'm "pinging" this for later study, and will probably post it on my website with all the proper credit TO YOU!!

www.therobb7.blogspot.com

C'mon everyone, let's put this good man's research to good use!


20 posted on 09/14/2005 5:22:49 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (The American Spirit does not require a federal subsidy.)
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To: Deano4USA
I think you should add this to your time line.

You just did - thanks!

21 posted on 09/14/2005 6:25:38 AM PDT by PhatHead
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To: zot

Timeline ping.


22 posted on 09/14/2005 7:14:56 AM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: PhatHead

Thanks.

When the media, politicians and "victims" scream, "somebody help!!!" Who do they think the "somebody" is?

Even if FEMA had water, meals, cots, tents, medical supplies etc., hovering overhead N.Orleans on 8/31 - who was the 'somebody' supposed to deliver it and under what conditions?

Oh yeah - that's right - THE MILITARY - so denigrated by the
media, politicians and folks unwilling to enlist in it.

sp


23 posted on 09/14/2005 7:23:42 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newbie, PhD. Tenure allows you to stay put - NOT evict others.)
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To: PhatHead

People need to get this through their heads. "FEMA is a bureaucracy, nothing more, nothing less." It does not matter who is in the White House. Do not place your life in the hands of a bureaucracy.


24 posted on 09/14/2005 7:25:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PhatHead

Bookmarked.


25 posted on 09/14/2005 7:43:31 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: ThePythonicCow

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 09/14/2005 8:09:08 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ThePythonicCow; PhatHead; fastattacksailor; swordfish71; broadsword; Nesher; jan in Colorado; ...
Thanks for the PING, Pythonic Cow, excellent work PhatHead!

C'mon see the show PING!

Sorry if some of you have already been pinged on this.

It's great that there's such a solid record of events, if only it could get past the MSM roadblock, but let's keep chipping away...

27 posted on 09/14/2005 8:17:01 AM PDT by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
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To: PhatHead; ThePythonicCow
Thank you very much for this thread, PhatHead. Every new piece of information helps fill in gaps that might have existed in earlier timelines.

Thanks for the ping TPC.

28 posted on 09/14/2005 8:42:38 AM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Thanks for the ping.

Bookmarked


29 posted on 09/14/2005 9:56:09 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

30 posted on 09/14/2005 10:08:53 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: PhatHead

Great!


31 posted on 09/14/2005 12:49:36 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Gaas

This will interest you.


32 posted on 09/14/2005 1:31:32 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping.

I'm hoping the White House will publish a well-documented timeline of what President Bush actually did and when.


33 posted on 09/14/2005 2:34:26 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: ThePythonicCow; PhatHead

Thanks for the time and effort involved in putting together a package like this.


34 posted on 09/14/2005 6:17:20 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: nutmeg

I'm bookmarking this. Thank you kindly.


35 posted on 09/14/2005 7:14:02 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: PhatHead

Good job, by the way.


36 posted on 09/14/2005 7:14:42 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

I was thinking that the Superdome was more than 8 blocks from the Convention Center -- I saw on another post the address was 1500 Poydras -- the Convention Center is right on the river, so that's like 14-15 blocks. (mapquest is slow right now).


37 posted on 09/14/2005 9:38:22 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

I see. Thanks for the info.


38 posted on 09/14/2005 9:40:30 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: ThePythonicCow

Great work! Thanks!


39 posted on 09/15/2005 4:52:33 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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