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Ex-FEMA chief blames administration
WASHINGTON - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who lost his job because of Hurricane Katrina, said Tuesday his biggest regret a year later is that he wasn't candid enough about the lack of a coherent federal response plan.
"There was no plan. ... Three years ago, we should have done catastrophic planning," Brown said, charging that the Bush administration and his department head,
Michael Chertoff, "would not give me the money to do that kind of planning."
As levees broke down at Katrina's strike against New Orleans and people were forced from their homes, Brown said he sought futilely to get the 82nd Airborne Division into the city quickly.
Originally posted by jlc163
You RUUUUUUUUUUUN from the big bad wolf.
You need to have some money set aside for emergencies. The Government wasn't designed to bail you out.
[edit on 29-8-2006 by jlc163]
"Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives," Bush said nearly a year ago. "And all who question the future of the Crescent City need to know there is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.
The president further vowed that the federal government had learned from the lessons of Katrina, and beefed up its ability to send life-saving aid to natural disasters. The Department of Homeland security, he said, has increased FEMA's manpower and training, strengthened relationships with the Red Cross and Department of Defense, improved communications with local emergency teams. FEMA, he said, now has the capacity to feed up to a million people for about a week, the president said.
"We looked at what went right and what went wrong, and we're addressing that which went wrong," Bush said. "Step one of rebuilding is to assure people, if another hurricane comes, there will be a better, more effective response."
Originally posted by jlc163
2. The Levee boards are AS RESPONSIBLE. The Levee Board is NOT a federal problem, but a local one. The ammount of money to add onto what the engineers did that went into pockets, towards "beautification projects" and even worse things I don't want to think about.
3. Levees wern't originally designed to be the only barrier, but the last barrier. When they were first built, there were marshes that are now "inner city/suburbs" and there were barrier islands. If we want Levees to work, we need to build up more marshes, and rebuild the barrier islands. there's enough mud in the Mississippi to sift out and use in rebuilding. Could well take 3-6 generations to get that type of safety, since it took that many generations of storms & civilization to wipe it out.
Originally posted by shots
The media along with many officials blew it way out of prooportion thats what we learned. Yes it was tragic for sure, but it was not as bad as Nagin and others made it out to be.
Read Glen Becks Trasnscript
The Superdome was a mess, but it wasn`t a prison riot.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.