Originally posted by Gazrok
The areas were declared disaster areas BEFORE the storm hit. How is that not "fast enough"? Even Bush himself is admitting that the response is
"unnacceptable". Well, here's a suggestion Mr. Bush.... You have the resources of the world's most powerful nation at your disposal... Why
don't you come off the golf course and DO something about it!
While I readily agree with the statement of ‘unacceptable’ in regards response there are some issues which the state level governments immediately
let down their constituents and should individually assume personal responsibility for respective ‘inactions’ rather than point fingers to save
their large fat political arses.
What was the declaration of mandatory evacuation about?..a favor?...you have to go now, fend for yourself? The states under federal law and mandate to
receive continued FEMA funding and grants must have a plan for evacuation without the direct intervention of the federal government at least for the
first 72 hours prior and even after a presidential order has been issued.
LA for example:
It is the intent of this plan to establish guidelines for the direction, control and
coordination for providing shelter, food, and other essential support services for
people who have relocated from their normal residences due to the threat posed by a hurricane along the coast.
D. Although local government has overall responsibility for shelter and mass
care operations within its jurisdiction, ARC has been chartered under Federal
law to provide mass care to victims of natural disasters.
1. The potential magnitude of hurricane evacuations requires the
cooperative efforts of all local governments, State agencies, DSS and
ARC in reception and care planning.
(EOPShelter supplement pdf.)
Where were our federal dollars spent in the ‘good faith’ LA would carry through with its’ obligations and funding for such an event?
Sounds as if the grants, loans and subsidies for continued studies, structure, plans, and general logistical oversight were spent ‘differently’ at
the state level. And if this is truly the case, criminal and federal charges should be brought upon the governor and mayor for their dereliction of
duties to the state and federal government.
Moreover, how do you start pointing fingers away when it is clear, more than clear of the states initial responsibility in the event of a disaster?
When a disaster occurs in Louisiana, an assessment of damages and the resultant impact on area citizens and their homes and / or communities is made
by the LHLS/EP. The Assistant Director of this office is the GAR and, as such, he may involve representatives from local government and other State or
private agencies in determining the disaster impact. Regional FEMA personnel are involved as early as the GAR deems appropriate
(IHPA Admin Plan.pdf)
The mayor of NO as well as the governor of LA relaxed far too quickly before the levy’s failed. Just like politicians offering no real leadership
and false concern. Dodging another bullet seemed apparent at first, the internal assessment and lack of preventive action has cost one too many
What was the plan? If there was a plan, how would it be implemented?
48 hours prior to landfall, were he LA guard units fully activated? Were contiguous states properly notified of possible estimates of refugee
influxes? Were contiguous states asked for any assistance? Was transportation available from the city and state level to truly implement the mandatory
evacuation? Where are the food stores in LA that each state must maintain? Where were the evacuation plans? How was distribution to be handled in the
event of incapacity of the greater metro area of NO? If a flood was possible what were the various contingency plans? If 50k had arrived at the Super
Dome there would not have been enough food and water for one day. Where was the leadership of NO of LA?... …..reading paperwork to the masses and
doing nothing! On and on and on….. No plan was implemented to completion.
The state has the responsibility and assistance can be requested at anytime from outlying states as well as the federal government, portions US tax
dollars are ear marked specially for states ‘needs’ in emergencies as well as disasters for of research grants, loans and lines of credit etal
(carte blanche) for such an event. The states must
be the first line of protection for the people this is as simple basic understood matter of
national security, period. The first link failed.
Under the 'state of emergency' in NO as declared ...were the vehicles commondeered Ray Nagin’s order to assist in evacuation?