Skip to comments.Who's to Blame for Delayed Response to Katrina?
Posted on 09/08/2005 6:57:33 AM PDT by mtrott
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6, 2005 In New Orleans, those in peril and those in power have pointed the finger squarely at the federal government for the delayed relief effort.
But experts say when natural disasters strike, it is the primary responsibility of state and local governments not the federal government to respond.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
But I guess better late than never.
The TRUTH finally emerging from the flood waters.
Every disaster needs a contingency plan.
Here is New Orlean's plan Had they followed it, may lives would have been saved.
This is Galveston's plan for a hurricane Use school buses! What a novel idea!
"Nagin was quoted in that local radio interview -- replayed on CNN and other networks -- that there had been a proposal to use school buses. "School buses!" he ranted with disdain, "School buses! Where are the Greyhounds? Why isn't every bus company coming here to rescue these people."
He expects greyhounds to come from all over to rescue his people when he could have had his own busses and people saved?
This is what New Oleans did with their buses:
More on buses
An 18 year hero had to steal a bus to save others.
"President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, authorizing federal emergency management officials to release federal aid and coordinate disaster relief efforts. By mid-afternoon, officials in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne and Jefferson parishes had called for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin followed at 5 p.m., issuing a voluntary evacuation.
Nagin said late Saturday that he's having his legal staff look into whether he can order a mandatory evacuation of the city, a step he's been hesitant to do because of potential liability on the part of the city for closing hotels and other businesses. "Come the first break of light in the morning, you may have the first mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," Nagin told WWL-TV.
How come he didn't know what he could do BEFORE the storm hit instead of the day of the storm?
How come he STILL doesn't know?
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said that President Bush had called and urged the state to order the evacuation.
It wasn't even her idea!
Then the state stopped the Red Cross from helping
Or was it FEMA?
But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, Garrett said, "told them they could not go."
"The Red Cross tells me that state agency in Louisiana said, 'Look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or Convention Center, we want to get them out,'" he explained.
"So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water? The Red Cross was standing by ready [and] the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go.
(I know it says Newsmax, but the story ran on FOX.)
Plan? what plan? No emergency plan, so Nalin needs Fed. gov to step in where he had no plan.
How could this happen in America?
"Mayor Nagin should have assessed the crisis, taken the bully pulpit, offered words of calm and encouragement, and then called upon the governor and the president to provide the tools to deliver his city from this horrible crisis. Instead, Mr. Nagin choose to hide and when he finally emerged, it was with a very predictable indictment on everyone other than the one who is truly responsibility. You see Mr. Nagin, the buck stops with you. Ask Rudy."
It also doesn't help if you don't tell anybody
Mr. Chertoff said neither he nor Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown was told of the deteriorating situation in New Orleans until Thursday night.
Levys were only designed for Cat 3 storm in good condition.
Shea Penland, director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of New Orleans, said that was particularly surprising because the break was "along a section that was just upgraded."
A cat 5 hurricane and it's problems should have come as no surprise - a 5 part series from 2002:
So why no levee construction? No money budgeted?
They never spent the money they got on the levee.
What? no money for the levee?
Who's fault is the levee money missing? Why did they fight an audit?
Could it be that no money went to the levee?
These guys have been indicted for obstructing a probe.
Army cops of Engineers wanted better protection but Envios put a stop to it.
"In other words, this plan would have saved thousands of lives and kept one of the nations greatest cities from lying in ruins for a decade.
At a minimum, such a plan would have staved off a significant portion of the disaster thats unfolded before our eyes."
Flaws in "system" already known but nothing done:
The word "system" implies they have done it the same way at least twice.
There was no system. Just a CF.
Where were the police?
Looting like everybody else
see for yourself!
"The loss of 300 officers when the city needed them most, severely affected rescue and law enforcement efforts as New Orleans descended into lawlessness in the days after Katrina unleashed her wrath on August 29."
Where are they now?
escaping to Houston during the aftermath.
or lounging in Atlanta now
Power struggle with gov and Bush
Bush requested a federal takeover of the operations, Blanko balked.
ABC finally notices NO had a plan it didn't follow
Patients died because of their inactions
Can't blame Bush for this one.
Back in July, as this link shows, the city was readying to tell everyone "You're on your own"
Who's really in charge?
That's the question we have been asking since BEFORE the storm hit?
Who is in charge?
Who is supposed to be in charge?
"The main responsibility and authority for operational aspects of evacuation in Orleans Parish lies with the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) within the Chief Administrative Office of the City. The authority to make the final decisions related to an evacuation rests with the Mayor of New Orleans."
They can only plead one of two choices. Either they were and are complicit in the ongoing Blame Bush Conspiracy (BBC) or they are just useful idiots who were duped.
Dang. That's going to take me some time to go through.
I plan on sending a toy school bus to each Senator if I can find enough.
So who at FEMA is to decide that a state is stumbling or is in over its head?
THey tried to suppress the truth, but since Fox came out with the true story, and since the poll numbers didn't show that American's were blaming Bush, they had no choice but to come out and tell the truth.
I think most of those inner-city people had never heard such words before.
No, the MSM is stepping back from the precipice. They took their shot at Bush and now realize it didn't play. . at all. Too bad for the MSM it is too late to recover their credibility. The viewers saw the President roll up his sleeves and get to work helping the victims. They saw the MSM try to blame Bush and profiteer (ratings wise) off of the victims. They saw the democrat party hold press conferences calling for investigations while doing squat to help the victims. They also saw what an incompetent piece of shyt the governor of Louisiana is. They also saw the democrat party pull their usual race baiting, class warfare shyt while doing squat to help the victims.
Uh, no. There are legitimate criticisms to be made of FEMA in this, but it is most definitely not its job to crouch down and hold the hands of bumbling state and local officials. The primary responsibility for handling disasters is on those officials, not the feds. The feds are just there as a backup, only at the explicit request of the locals. In fact, it's not even in their charter (i.e., the Constitution) to get involved in these types of matters at all.
As I understand it, Brit Hume helped get the true story out. The rest of the Fox talking heads were as bad as CNN, according to reports regularly posted here.
I don't watch TV news, so I'm taking Freepers' words for it. But it fits in with the sense I have that, regretably, Fox has been moving to the left since the months leading up to the last election, when they helped spread Kerry's slanders against Bush and helped diss the Swiftboat veterans who tried to tell the truth about Kerry's wartime crimes.
or they raced to embrace something they wanted to beleive....Irresponsible Journalism at its best...
anyone heard this report on the 'evening news' or will this 'revelation' by ABC remain hidden on the web???
I remember the CNN banner "New Orleans Dodged a Bullet"
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If you are a refugee, you can information that will help you find relief. If you want to donate or volunteer, you can find someone who needs you. Believe me, there are a lot of organizations who need your help.
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There are a lot of churches and other organizations in Texas that need help in dealing with the problem and I would appreciate it if you would get the word out.