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Originally posted by JacKatMtn
I am sure there were some stubborn people who thought they could ride out the storm (local government included), but the majority of those now being rescued had nowhere (but the superdome) to go.
I am sure that the frustration level is at the breaking point and hindsight is 20/20, but I bet if the mayor looks at himself in the mirror, he wishes he had that 48 hours back.
Nagin said the city could and would commandeer any property or vehicle it deemed necessary to provide safe shelter or transport for those in need.
He also opened the Louisiana Superdome as a shelter of last resort that would begin accepting people around Noon. He said the Dome would have few supplies and that people were expected to bring food and other necessary items. RTA buses were going to be sent to pick up those going to shelters at designated pickup points.
Nagin discouraged staying in the Superdome, saying that people would not have access to power and possibly plumbing.
others defend the administration by asserting that it's the responsibility of the governors of the affected states to request federal help, and that they obviously didn't do that fast enough.
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!
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.)
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)
Originally posted by marg6043
This guy is very angry, It most be frustration knowing that you need help and it is taking to long.
Reaction to all this was to slow.
He is right.
The most to suffer is usually the poor in America.
Originally posted by marg6043
Take a look at the people suffering in NO, is not the rich or the well off but black poor Americans.
Very sad indeed.
Originally posted by SpittinCobra
They are not going to bring any food to NO, water yes food no. They do not want people to stay.
Thats junk, there is a lack of leadership down there and he is the first person who should be responsible for leading. What is he doing? Passing the buck: "its the governer who whould be doing stuff, its the president." No, its New Orleans' problem and he is the only leader whose sole job is to lead NO. He can order the police to stop the looting, to commendeer vehicles to get those people out. He can get his out of his suit and into a truck and go pick up people himself.
Also now the problems with the water and the corps of engineers is pointing to the fact that funds were cut from them to be used in Iraq.
So it was no money to help the corps of engineers on top shape.
Originally posted by deltaboy
u sure its only poor African Americans only??, it seems to me i see all colors suffering in NO.
Originally posted by Mainer
Thats junk, there is a lack of leadership down there and he is the first person who should be responsible for leading. What is he doing? Passing the buck: "its the governer who whould be doing stuff, its the president." No, its New Orleans' problem and he is the only leader whose sole job is to lead NO. He can order the police to stop the looting, to commendeer vehicles to get those people out. He can get his ass out of his suit and into a truck and go pick up people himself. This situation is out of control because the three main leaders, the mayor the governor and the president are all passing the buck. Don't praise this man, he is as much of the problem as anybody.