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Let's put together a timeline

Posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:04 AM PDT by rhetorica

OK folks, let's get this thing under control. We need to build a timeline of (1) events relating to Katrina (e.g. landfall, levee breeches, flooding, etc)(2)events relating to LA, MS and AL and Fed government responses to Katrina (e.g. evacuation orders, activating guard, etc) (3) events as reported by major media outlets (e.g. hurrincane hits and misses, breeches, flooding, evacualtions, looting, etc.) Let's see if we can put a timeline together that chronicles all these events.

I am willing to assemble all the information if Freepers will help me locate the evidence. It will be very important that we have documentation of all these events and reports of event, so links to wire reports, news stories and video will be essential. I won't be able to do assembly work today because (1) I'm helping to raise money for the hurricane victimes taking refuge in East Central Alabama, (2) I'm going to the AU-Ga Tech game tonight (WAR EAGLE!) and (3) It's my birthday and I'm going to squeeze in a little (just a little) celebrating! I can work tomorrow to get the timeline together if my good Freepers can find the information and documentation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: fema; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; letspostavanity; timeline
Who is willing to help with this?
1 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:04 AM PDT by rhetorica
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To: lysie

read later


2 posted on 09/03/2005 8:04:39 AM PDT by lysie
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To: lysie

looking forward to it


3 posted on 09/03/2005 8:05:14 AM PDT by bnelson44 (Scouts Up! http://www.scouting.org/media/katrina/unithelp.html)
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To: rhetorica

According to Democrat Underground, you need to start with Bush having the Russians seed the clouds that started Katrina.


5 posted on 09/03/2005 8:07:35 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

ROFLMAO


6 posted on 09/03/2005 8:09:37 AM PDT by Camel Joe (Proud Uncle of a Fine Young Marine)
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To: Camel Joe

Shhhhhhhh...The Mayor and Governor of Louisiana are sleeping.....at the Ritz.


7 posted on 09/03/2005 8:11:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: rhetorica
Don't forget to add to that timeline the DNC media's obsession with Cindy while a killer hurricane was in the Gulf.

They did nothing to pressure the mayor and gov of that state to evac.

Nothing.
8 posted on 09/03/2005 8:12:32 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: rhetorica

First of all happy birthday and second thank you for posting this thread.

Here is a link to an article, that was posted here last night, that has some of the info that you are looking for.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1475914/posts


9 posted on 09/03/2005 8:13:05 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman
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To: rhetorica
1718 The city is founded on a bit of high ground on a site long used by fur trappers.
10 posted on 09/03/2005 8:15:31 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (I'm a Conservative but will not support evil just because it's "the law.")
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To: All

THANKS! I know some Freepers have already been working on this. I'm hoping we can put it all together into one comprehensive document.


11 posted on 09/03/2005 8:16:54 AM PDT by rhetorica
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To: rhetorica; backhoe
Backhoe has, as usual, an awesome collection of relevant links.

Calling Backhoe.

12 posted on 09/03/2005 8:17:15 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: rhetorica
This link displays the history of the storm, showing that by Friday they knew it was going to hit New Orleans.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2005/KATRINA_graphics.shtml

And the article here:

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?base/news-18/1125239940201382.xml&storylist=louisiana

mentions that Bush himself called the governor to ask that a mandatory evacuation be done. The article has Sunday's date on it. I'm not sure when he actually called.
13 posted on 09/03/2005 8:17:15 AM PDT by mc6809e
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

Well. . . maybe not THAT far back! LOL!


14 posted on 09/03/2005 8:17:49 AM PDT by rhetorica
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To: rhetorica

Please make sure this is on there: (AUGUST 27 FEMA acts) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1476404/posts


15 posted on 09/03/2005 8:20:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: rhetorica

Happy Birthday..

I would love to help where I can.
I will look around.


16 posted on 09/03/2005 8:21:32 AM PDT by The Mayor ( Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

And at some point the Hurricane was renamed Hurricane George.


17 posted on 09/03/2005 8:27:54 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: rhetorica

bump for later perusal


18 posted on 09/03/2005 8:33:33 AM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: mc6809e
From your second link:

Nagin said police and firefighters would spread out throughout the city sounding sirens and using bullhorns to tell residents to get out. He also said police would have the authority to comandeer any vehicle or building that could be used for evacuation or shelter.

What about the buses mayor? What about the buses?

19 posted on 09/03/2005 8:38:37 AM PDT by eyespysomething (Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur)
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To: rhetorica

And then there was the young man who did more than the mayor and drove a bus load to safety.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1476351/posts?page=3#3


20 posted on 09/03/2005 8:40:03 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: rhetorica
If you trace through the Katrina Live threads during last weekend, you find allow of information.

As for Nagin, I recall his interview. In it, he said he could not order a mandatory evac order because his lawyers said it would create liability issues.

That was broadcast on one of the NO tv streaming feeds. It was a tape. The original interview was around 1 or 2 a.m., I think, and the replay I saw was around 3-4 a.m. the morning Katrina was just starting to come ashore.

I recall the news commentator at the TV station commenting after the tape that, if Nagin ordered a mandatory evac, the local government would have to provide a way to get the people out and a place to put them.


Link:

Mandatory Evacuations ordered in New Orleans

1 posted on 08/28/2005 9:36:13 AM CDT by Jeff400000
21 posted on 09/03/2005 8:40:55 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: rhetorica

Cat. 5 Hurricane Katrina Heads Towards New Orleans

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0508/S00294.htm

Press Release: International Committee of the Red Cross
Cat. 5 Katrina Heads Towards New Orleans
Written by Lesly Simmons , Writer, Redcross.org


Sunday, August 28, 2005 — Hurricane Katrina is now an incredibly strong Category 5 storm heading straight for New Orleans with sustained winds at 175 miles per hour.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. ““We are telling all of our citizens to leave New Orleans. Never before has the city of New Orleans seen a storm this big heading directly toward it.”

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the entire New Orleans metropolitan area. About 70 percent of New Orleans is below sea level, and the city is protected by a series of levees. Katrina could cause storm surges up to 20 feet, which would completely overwhelm the levees and cause massive flooding.

“The problem we are having is that if the storm surges are that high, they will pop our levels and lots of New Orleans will be under water,” said Nagin, who is urging seriousness, but not panic.

Katrina is now moving west/northwest at 12 mph, putting its arrival time in the New Orleans area sometime tomorrow morning or early afternoon.

This storm is stronger than Hurricane Camille, the devastating storm that hit New Orleans in 1969. Camille killed 256 people after it slammed ashore with winds at over 200 miles per hour. Thousands of people were left homeless all along the shore and far inland.

Only three Cat. 5 storms have ever hit the United States:

• The unnamed Labor Day hurricane of 1935;

• Hurricane Camille in 1969; and

• Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Katrina might also disrupt the nation’s oil supply, as Nagin said nearly one-third of the nation’s oil moves through the area. He added that at least 1,500 National Guard troops are available, to deploy and assist with cleanup efforts after the storm moves through the area.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org/.


22 posted on 09/03/2005 8:44:11 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon

Someone let a little bit of History out....altering the course of the Mississippi etc. which has added to the problem. It was attributed to the Democrats. Don't know when though.


23 posted on 09/03/2005 8:46:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: TXLady

Bookmark


24 posted on 09/03/2005 8:50:22 AM PDT by TXLady
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To: lysie

This needs to be done, yesterday the police chief was hysterically/repeatily screaming, "It been six days, why no help!?!"

Then Geraldo and Sheppard started spouting the same nonsense. Hell, Tuesday morning they were celebrating in streets near the dome that they missed the worse of it. Friday morning (less than 3 days later) is when the massive military presence came, but they already saved thousands off of the rooftops, transported thousands to the Superdome, feeds thousands upon thousands in outlaying areas. I am so sick of the media!!!

http://www.wsav.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSAV/MGArticle/SAV_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031784753009&path=!frontpage

Excerpt from a Tuesday morning story:

http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/341577p-291681c.html


In New Orleans' historic French Quarter of Napoleonic-era buildings with wrought-iron balconies, water pooled in the streets from the driving rain, but the area appeared to have escaped the catastrophic flooding that forecasters had predicted.

On Jackson Square, two massive oak trees outside the 278-year-old St. Louis Cathedral came out by the roots, ripping out a 30-foot section of ornamental iron fence and straddling a marble statue of Jesus Christ, snapping off only the thumb and forefinger of his outstretched hand.

At the hotel Le Richelieu, the winds blew open sets of balcony French doors shortly after dawn. Seventy-three-year-old Josephine Elow of New Orleans pressed her weight against the broken doors as a hotel employee tried to secure them.

"It's not life-threatening," Mrs. Elow said as rain water dripped from her face. "God's got our back."

For years, forecasters have warned of the nightmare scenario a big storm could bring to New Orleans, a bowl of a city that is up to 10 feet below sea level in spots and relies on a network of levees, canals and pumps to keep dry from the Mississippi River on one side, Lake Pontchartrain on the other.

The fear was that flooding could overrun the levees and turn New Orleans into a toxic lake filled with chemicals and petroleum from refineries, as well as waste from ruined septic systems.

Officials said a levee broke on one canal, but did not appear to cause major problems.

Blanco took little comfort in the fact that the hurricane may have spared New Orleans much worse flooding, given the still uncertain toll in surrounding parishes.

"I can't say that I feel that sense that we've escaped the worst," she said. "I think we don't know what the worst is right now."


25 posted on 09/03/2005 8:51:00 AM PDT by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: rhetorica; Wolverine

Excellent Wolverine !

For all MEDIA as you prepare the Sunday talk Shows... Here is the research YOU WON'T DO..!

Quick summary:

It takes 72 hours to evacuate New Orleans.
The state of emergency was declared on Friday. Katrina was forecast to make landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm as of Friday at 7:00 PM CDT.

The voluntary evacuation notice was given Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM CDT.

The mandatory evacuation order was given Sunday at 9:30 AM CDT.

The storm hit the Louisiana coast on Monday morning at 6:00 AM CDT.


26 posted on 09/03/2005 8:51:17 AM PDT by The Mayor ( Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
If you listen to the MSM, we don't need facts. Just put someone on TV who hates whites and/or republicans and have them blame the "evil white leader" Bush.

It's the same game plan as Cindy Sheehan. They take a "victim", have them denounce Bush and when claim that she is a "victim" and has a right to speak. The MSM is doing the same thing with Katrina -finding victims who hate Bush... Same old game plan.
27 posted on 09/03/2005 9:00:06 AM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: roses of sharon
 

Hmmm... Seems to me that thousands of people owe their lives to the competence and compassion of President Bush.

Why Was New Orleans Evacuated?
Power Line, MN - 2 hours ago
... 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 ...
 
Looters Take To Streets; Martial Law Declared
New Orleans Channel.com, LA - Aug 30, 2005
... Gov. Blanco said President George W. Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding. ...
 
New Orleans Mayor Issues Evacuation Order
Guardian Unlimited, UK - Aug 28, 2005
... Blanco said President Bush called and personally appealed for the mandatory evacuation for the city, which sits below sea level.
 
Nightmare named Katrina bears down on New Orleans
KTBS, LA - Aug 28, 2005
... all flights. Gov. Kathleen Blanco said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying.

 

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28 posted on 09/03/2005 9:10:03 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Liberals believe common sense facts are open to debate!)
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To: BushCountry

Day after the storm:

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050830/NEWS0110/508300384/1260

NEW ORLEANS — Gail Henke could think of no better way to celebrate the French Quarter's survival of Hurricane Katrina than to belly up to a bar on Bourbon Street with a vodka and cranberry juice. Call it a libation to the storm gods.

"You know what? There's a reason why we're called the Saints," the 53-year-old tour booker said Monday as she communed with 20 or so other survivors. "Because no matter what religion you are, whether you're a Catholic, whether you're voodoo, whether you're Baptist or so on, so on, and so on — we all pray. We all pray. I'm not a religious fanatic. But God has saved us."


29 posted on 09/03/2005 9:11:00 AM PDT by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: andyandval
You rang?

Should be a timeline here or among the links:

HURRICANE KATRINA- archive of links Click the picture:


30 posted on 09/03/2005 9:11:04 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: rhetorica

LOL! I'm working on this also. I want to lay it out for a skeptical Friend, who has been laying it on Bush a bit harsh. I've been going through threads and threads today. :)


31 posted on 09/03/2005 9:13:41 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, past, present and future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Another story of how New Orleans survived!

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12511256.htm

French Quarter survives -- with luck and a prayer

The French Quarter was damaged by Katrina, but it was not destroyed, and tourists and residents let the good times roll and wondered why they were so lucky.

By ERIKA BOLSTAD

ebolstad@herald.com


NEW ORLEANS - At the start of hurricane season, the historic St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter offers a short prayer in the Sunday church bulletin to Our Lady of Prompt Succor.

Each year, the city's Catholics clip out the prayer, place it on their refrigerators and repeat the entreaty whenever a tropical depression appears in the Gulf of Mexico: Spare New Orleans from a direct hit by a hurricane.

''Consequently, these things never hit us dead on,'' said Jim Dartez, 62, who evacuated his lakefront home with his wife and daughter and spent Hurricane Katrina at a high-rise hotel in the city's downtown.

CITY SPARED

It may be prayer or geographic luck, but when Hurricane Katrina made landfall Monday morning, it sideswiped New Orleans.


32 posted on 09/03/2005 9:16:09 AM PDT by BushCountry (They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.)
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To: rhetorica

Good idea; pinging for reference...


33 posted on 09/03/2005 9:17:58 AM PDT by Amalie (FREEDOM had NEVER been another word for nothing left to lose...)
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To: rhetorica

Photo of the flooded school buses....Sept 1, 2005

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050901/480/flpc21109012015


34 posted on 09/03/2005 9:18:46 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: BushCountry
Thank you BushCountry ;)
35 posted on 09/03/2005 9:18:52 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, past, present and future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: BushCountry

bttt


36 posted on 09/03/2005 9:21:05 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rhetorica
Hurricane Pam, July 2004 Preparedness Exercise

Scientific American 10/2001 Drowning New Orleans

37 posted on 09/03/2005 9:26:48 AM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: rhetorica

In case it get's taken down, I've saved a copy of the mayor's press release dated Aug. 27, 2005 re: Katrina. it was originally located at (it's still there righ now but who knows for how long):

http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=1&load=~/PortalModules/ViewPressRelease.ascx&itemid=3139

City Of New Orleans
Mayors Office of Communications
1300 Perdido Street, Suite 2E04
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-658-4940

C. Ray Nagin
MAYOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2005


Mayor Nagin Urges Citizens to Prepare For Hurricane Katrina

(New Orleans, LA) In response to the potential threat of Hurricane Katrina, Mayor C. Ray Nagin is urging all citizens to begin preparations now for the coming storm. Mayor Nagin will hold the next press briefing at 5 p.m. today in the Mayor’s Press Room, second floor of City Hall.

“Although the track could change, forecasters believe Hurricane Katrina will affect New Orleans,” said Mayor Nagin. “We may call for a voluntary evacuation later this afternoon or tomorrow morning to coincide with the instatement of contraflow. This will give people more options to leave the area. However, citizens need to begin preparing now so they will be ready to leave when necessary. Do everything to prepare for a regular hurricane, but treat this one differently because it is headed our way. This is not a test.”

The Mayor also recommended that residents of Algiers, the Lower Ninth Ward and low-lying areas begin evacuating now.

Gov. Blanco also urged citizens to take the storm seriously. “We can restore property, but we cannot restore lives,” she said.

Mayor Nagin is working with Gov. Kathleen Blanco and other City, local and State officials are watching the storm’s path and working together to make decisions that affect citizens. Gov. Blanco has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, which provides city government with additional authority and improved access to resources needed when responding to elevated threats, such as natural disasters.

A state of emergency has been declared for the City of New Orleans. Citizens are advised to:
• Fill their cars with gas. Tolls have been suspended on roadways.
• Remove potential debris from their yards (including lawn furniture, potted plants, loose tree branches, etc.)
• Board windows and glass doors
• Make sure that nearby catch basins are clear of leaves or trash
• Stock up on bottled water, batteries, and non-perishable food items
• Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure everyone has an evacuation plan
• Make provisions for pets. Shelters and many hotels do not accept pets.
-MORE-


“The key is being prepared for the event,” said Mayor Nagin. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure our city is safe.”

Shelters for Citizens with Special Medical Needs

There are two shelters for people with special medical needs open in the state. Citizens should call prior to going to the shelters. The shelter in Alexandria can be reached at (800) 841-5778; the number for Monroe’s shelter is (866) 280-7287. If it becomes necessary, other shelters will be opened in various cities. The Superdome will be opened as a refuge of last resort for special needs patients if it becomes necessary. All individuals may have one caretaker.

Anyone planning to spend time in a shelter should bring three to four days’ worth of food, sleeping gear, and medical supplies including oxygen, medicine and batteries for any necessary devices. No weapons or bulky items are allowed in any shelters.

New Orleans EMS is responding to medical emergencies only. For non-emergency transportation needs, citizens should contact local non-emergency ambulance providers:

Acadian: (504) 366-0911
Lifeguard: (504) 214-1911
Guardian: (504) 818-2600
A-Med: (504) 362-9490
Care: (504) 367-4231
On-Call: (504) 866-0481

Closings
New Orleans Public Schools will be closed Monday, August 29, 2005. All NOPS activities scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled.

New Orleans Public Libraries will close at 3 p.m. today, Saturday, August 27, 2005, and remain closed through Monday, August 29, 2005.

The City of New Orleans will be issuing additional advisories as the storm progresses. Citizens are asked to remain alert, monitor news stories and be prepared to respond promptly to any public safety advisories.


--END--


38 posted on 09/03/2005 9:27:31 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: rhetorica
Good thread. After you get the time line assembled lets posit elements that are missing that could have ameliorated the situation. Like....When Nagin declared mandatory evacuation why did he not commandeer all city and school district buses and private carrier tour buses rampant in NO to evacuate the poor and disabled? or or after the fact ...why helicopter landings of MRE's and water were not done for the Superdome and Convention Center crowds .
39 posted on 09/03/2005 9:33:55 AM PDT by Les_Miserables
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To: rhetorica

There is a link to a GREAT article about what the President was doing while "vacationing" last weekend. go to Michelle Malkin's blog, archives for August, August 28, link to article by AP reporters on all the stuff he was doing getting things prepared and urging people to get out.


40 posted on 09/03/2005 10:18:13 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: marblehead17

ping for later


41 posted on 09/03/2005 11:48:33 AM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: rhetorica

Do you think there is benefit to include how the Gov & Mayors of Mississippi reacted to the same event? They certainly didn't experience the chaos NO did.


42 posted on 09/03/2005 5:20:33 PM PDT by Amityschild (I may be gullible BUT I'm not a DUmmie!)
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To: rhetorica
 
 
Saturday, September 03, 2005

NEW ORLEANS  — A day-by-day look at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath:

Wednesday, Aug. 24:

— Tropical Depression 12 strengthens into Tropical Storm Katrina over the Central Bahamas; a hurricane warning is issued for the southeastern Florida coast.

Thursday, Aug. 25:

— Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds.

Friday, Aug. 26:

— Katrina weakens over land to a tropical storm before moving out over the Gulf of Mexico. It grows to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, veering north and west toward Mississippi and Louisiana.

— 10,000 National Guard troops are dispatched across the Gulf Coast.

Saturday, Aug. 27:

— Eleven people dead in Florida from hurricane-related causes.

— Katrina becomes a Category 3 storm, with 115 mph winds; a hurricane warning is issued for Louisiana's southeastern coast, including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, and for the northern Gulf coast.

— New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declares a state of emergency and urges residents in low-lying areas to evacuate.

— Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour declares a state of emergency. A mandatory evacuation is ordered for Hancock County.

— Coastal Gulf residents jam freeways and gas stations as they rush to evacuate.

Sunday, Aug. 28:

— Katrina grows into a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds and heads for the northern Gulf coast.

— Nagin orders a mandatory evacuation for New Orleans. But 10 shelters are also set up, including the Superdome, for those unable to leave.

— Evacuation orders are posted all along the Mississippi coast.

— Alabama Gov. Bob Riley declares a state of emergency.

Monday, Aug. 29:

— Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds, makes landfall near Buras, La., at 6:10 a.m. CDT (7:10 a.m. EDT).

— President Bush makes emergency disaster declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi, freeing up federal funds.

— Katrina rips two holes in the Superdome's roof. Some 10,000 storm refugees are inside.

— At least eight Gulf Coast refineries shut down or reduce operations.

— Airports close in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Mobile and Pensacola. Hundreds of flights are canceled or diverted.

Tuesday, Aug. 30:

— The hurricane death toll in Mississippi rises to more than 100.

— Two levees break in New Orleans and water pours in, covering 80 percent of the city and rising to 20 feet deep in some areas. Many people climb onto roofs to escape.

— Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says everyone still in New Orleans — an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people — must be evacuated. Crowds swell at the Superdome and the New Orleans convention center.

— Rescuers in helicopters and boats pick up hundreds of stranded people in New Orleans. Reports of looting emerge.

— About 40,000 people are in American Red Cross shelters, not including New Orleans.

— Bush cuts short his vacation to focus on the storm damage.

Wednesday, Aug.31:

— Nagin offers a startling estimate of New Orleans' death toll: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands," he says.

— "At first light, the devastation is greater than our worst fears," says Blanco, Louisiana's governor.

— The looting grows exponentially. Thieves use a forklift to smash into one pharmacy. Blanco asks the White House to send more people. New Orleans police are called off search-and-rescue missions to combat out-of-control looting.

— Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt declares a federal health emergency throughout the Gulf Coast, sends in medical supplies and workers.

— Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will be at least 30 days or more before New Orleans will be pumped out.

— Bush authorizes a draw-down from the nation's Strategic Petroleum reserve.

— Gasoline prices surge above $3 a gallon and shortages crop up.

— Five offshore Louisiana oil rigs are reported missing and two more are adrift.

— An estimated 52,000 people are in Red Cross shelters. An additional 25,000 are in the Superdome, where conditions are worsening by the hour.

— An exodus from the Superdome begins, with the first buses leaving for Houston's Astrodome, 350 miles away.

— Pentagon mounts one of largest search-and-rescue operations in U.S. history, sending four Navy ships with emergency supplies.

— Water levels stop rising in New Orleans. Engineers work to close a 500-foot gap in a failed floodwall.

Thursday, Sept. 1:

— Looting, carjacking and other violence spreads, and the military decides to increase National Guard deployment to 30,000.

— Outside the New Orleans Convention Center, the sidewalks are packed with people without food, water or medical care, waiting for buses that do not come. Tempers flare.

— Nagin, the New Orleans mayor, calls the situation critical and issues "a desperate SOS" for more buses.

— Crowds at the Superdome swell to 30,000 with another 25,000 at the convention center. The first refugee buses arrive at the Houston Astrodome. Elsewhere, 76,000 people are Red Cross shelters.

— Violence escalates. Rescue boats are stolen by marauders, shots are fired at helicopters evacuating hospital patients.

— Doctors at two New Orleans hospitals plead for help, saying food, water and power are almost gone. Helicopters evacuate up to 600 patients but an estimated 1,500 others remain stranded.

— The death toll in Mississippi hits 126.

— Bush asks his father and former President Clinton to lead a fund-raising campaign for hurricane victims.

— Texas agrees to take in 75,000 hurricane evacuees.

— Six hundred massive sand bags arrive to help shore up New Orleans' broken levees.

Friday, Sept 2:

— Bush tours hard-hit Gulf coast areas and acknowledges the failure so far of government hurricane relief efforts. "The results are not acceptable," he says.

— Thousands of National Guardsmen arrive in New Orleans in truck convoys carrying food, water and weapons.

— Congress approves $10.5 billion to cover the immediate rescue and relief efforts.

— The United States and European nations tap oil-and-gasoline stockpiles for 2 million barrels a day, hoping to stem gas shortages.

— Explosions rock a chemical storage plant in New Orleans and other scattered fires break out.

— Fifteen airlines get permission to fly up to 25,000 refugees out of New Orleans to San Antonio.

— Texas opens two more giant centers for victims after the Astrodome fills up. States as far away as Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming and Michigan offer to accept refugees.

— More than 50 nations pledge hurricane assistance.

Saturday, Sept. 3:

— Bush orders more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast.

— More than 25,000 residents have evacuated from New Orleans since Friday, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.

— Coast Guard says has it has rescued 9,500 people since Katrina hit.

 

 

 

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43 posted on 09/03/2005 8:52:24 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Liberals believe common sense facts are open to debate!)
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To: rhetorica

National Hurricane Director had to call Nagin at home Saturday night to plead: "Get people out..."
Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | Sun, Aug. 28, 2005 | BY MARC CAPUTO, DAVID OVALLE AND ERIKA BOLSTAD


Posted on 09/03/2005 2:14:14 PM CDT by joinedafterattack


MAYOR CRITICIZED EVEN BEFORE LEVY BREAK. National Hurricane Center Director had to call Nagin at home Saturday night to plead: "Get people out of New Orleans." "The criticisms of Nagin came from above as well. Numerous officials urged him to evacuate the city, but he worried about the legality of ordering people out when New Orleans has few safe hurricane shelters. Also, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield in Miami called Nagin at home Saturday night and told him: Get people out of New Orleans.

''I could never sleep if I felt like I didn't do everything that I could to impress upon people the gravity of the situation,'' Mayfield said. ``New Orleans is never going to be the same.''

When a grim Nagin issued the mandatory evacuation order Sunday, he said: ``We are facing a storm that most of us have feared . . . God bless us.''


44 posted on 09/04/2005 2:47:02 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion they will give it to you.)
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To: rhetorica
Levees Were Ignored for Decades
45 posted on 09/04/2005 5:41:33 AM PDT by Amityschild (I may be gullible BUT I'm not a DUmmie!)
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To: rhetorica

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1477148/posts

I didn't mean to step on your toes. I hadn't seen your thread. There are some good links over here. If you want help with the timeline, let me know. I think it will be important as the misinformation campaign ratchets up in the coming weeks.


46 posted on 09/04/2005 12:26:16 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (RIP New Orleans 1718-2005)
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