Skip to comments.Aug 27 WhiteHouse release of aid to Louisiana
Posted on 09/04/2005 12:06:46 PM PDT by Verbosus
I searched and didn't see this anywhere, but I thought this was of interest. It is the WhiteHouse release of aid to Louisiana dated August 27, 2005. Obviously prior to hurricane Katrina.
From the whitehouse.gov URL above:
Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Louisiana
The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing.
The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.
Representing FEMA, Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, named William Lokey as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.
I don't see Orleans or Jefferson Parishes.
Unfortunately the governor of Louisiana and Mayor of N. O. refused to cooperate.
"It has become apparent that after President Bush declared the state of Louisiana a state of emergency a few days before the hurricane hit, communication with the White House and FEMA from city officials in New Orleans and the Governor collapsed," says Senator Dr. Bill Frist, who is currently helping victims with medical needs around the city. "
Posted on 08/28/2005 1:23:07 AM EDT by Anti-Bubba182
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Saturday because of the approach of Hurricane Katrina and his spokesman urged residents along the coast to heed authorities' advice to evacuate.
Bush, vacationing at his ranch, was being regularly updated about the storm, which is expected to hit land early Monday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to coordinate with state authorities in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, and have prepositioned supplies in areas expected to be affected, he said.
The president's emergency declaration authorizes the FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance in a number of Louisiana parishes, or counties.
Authorities told residents of low-lying coastal communities to head for higher ground. The storm was expected to strengthen as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico and could become a Category 4 hurricane with wind of at least 131 mph.
"We urge residents in the areas that could be impacted to follow the recommendations of local authorities," McClellan said.
Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Charles Parishes were declared disaster areas on August 23, 2005 per FEMA-1601-DR for Louisiana Tropical Storm Cindy. Those declarations are still in effect. http://www.fema.gov/news/eventcounties.fema?id=4768
Got to Save this
I'm not sure why 2 parishes aren't on there.
Maybe those 2 parishes hadn't requested the aid either verbally (phone) or through the state/regional offices yet.
I'm unclear about that part of the procedure.
P. S. The Parish of Orleans was declared a disaster area by the President on August 27, 2005, when he declared the entire State of Louisiana a disaster area. The Governor of Louisiana requested this declaration on the same day, August 27, 2005. The next morning, August 28, the State of Mississippi made a similar request, and the President announced those declarations in his press conference held later that day.
One more key point: local officials have to request help before FEMA or other federal agencies step in.
Nagin and Blank-o did not do so
That accounts for the missing parishes.
That was the fatal mistake.
I see you're new here, welcome to FR.
Now what's your point?
Right you are.
That is the one that can jump up and bite the feds. LOL
My point is the WhiteHouse acted in pleaty of time.
You don't think so?
You've probably seen this, but in case not, here you go.
School bus worked just fine for these people: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/kprc/20050901/lo_kprc/2913047
I'm not too new .
I just rarely post.
Thanks for the welcome though.
Thanks for the ping, Gretchen. Good info.
Bush Urges People to Flee Hurricane (August 28th)
AP ^ | 8-28-05
Posted on 08/30/2005 11:50:16 PM EDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
Bush Urges People to Flee Hurricane
- By JENNIFER LOVEN
Sunday, August 28, 2005
(08-28) 13:13 PDT Crawford, Texas (AP) --
President Bush, as he readied the federal government for a massive relief effort, on Sunday urged people in the path of Hurricane Katrina to forget anything but their safety and move to higher ground as instructed.
"We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities," Bush said as the storm roared across the gulf toward New Orleans and other communities. "I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground."
With forecasters warning of a category five storm, the president made sure the federal response would not be delayed by already declaring emergencies in Mississippi and Florida just hours after a similar declaration for Louisiana. Such declarations make federal aid available to assist with disaster relief, but they are rarely made before a storm even hits.
Working from his Texas ranch, Bush participated via videoconference in a large meeting of federal, state and local disaster management officials preparing for the storm's onslaught. Separately, he spoke by phone with the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
"We will do everything in our power to help the people and the communities affected by this storm," the president said.
Winds reaching 175 mph and a potentially devastating storm surge were feared when Hurricane Katrina reached land early Monday. The 485,000 residents of New Orleans were ordered to evacuate the city.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Sometimes I think the media piles on early, because they know that over time facts will tend to exonerate the President. You know, if you hammer the "facts" into people early enough, they won't hear anything else later on.
Uh, what? He/she's been here longer than you.
I'm a he.
Not sure what was wrong with my original post, but no problem...
On your thread about the Katrina timeline, you inquired as to the best way to incorporate updates.
Posting a new thread and linking to to your older version/s, and noting in the title something such as "Thread IV", is the best way to get the most info to the largest audience. People have so much to read that the new info, buried deep in a thread, will be overlooked quite often.
So, to all those who said the feds didn't act quickly enough, chew on this. Honestly, I don't know why the Republicans aren't fanning out on every talking head show available and pounding this home.