Sunday, September 04, 2005

FEMA Drops The Ball. Many Thousands Die

Without Further Comment...

Emergency Aid Authorized For Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response In Louisiana

Release Date: August 27, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-169

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced that Federal resources are being allocated to support emergency protective response efforts response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina.

Brown said President Bush authorized the aid under an emergency disaster declaration issued following a review of FEMA's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance. FEMA will mobilize equipment and resources necessary to protect public health and safety by assisting law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters, supporting emergency medical needs, meeting immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property, in addition to other emergency protective measures.

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 were designated eligible for assistance. In addition, federal funds will be available for public safety debris removal and emergency protective measures at 75 percent of approved costs.

Brown named William Lokey of FEMA to coordinate the federal relief effort. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.


At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weaseldog, you are missed from the Kunstler comment area. Kuntlser's posts are acerbic and revelatory, but your comments are better. However, let's be sure in how we direct our anger, as you did in your earlier post on FEMA. Do you really think anything effective is going to come out of this terrible tragedy? What policy initiatives came after the Rodney King incident and riots to help the poor and marginalized in LA? Who cares if Micahel Brown gets made the scapegoat, or if "Brownie" keeps his job a la Rove? New Orleans was but the confirmation of the killer indifference and insane, inhumane greed of the corporatists, and nothing but large-scale, monumental change will help our US society, but who exactly is nominating a Chief Justice this week ? Who already controls the courts, the schools, the marketplaces, the surveillance technology? There is just as much righteous anger directed by the religious right against the anti-Bush crowd, and guess who sponsors the Washington prayer breakfasts? Bush is a lame duck; his sponsors know he can be as idiotic and malevolent as his people (the bluehairs, the lickspittles, golfers) permit; he becomes of little consequence. It's Jeb, and Frist, and Roberts, and the whole system of the next level of heedless power that is, without question, poised to rule with even more backing and lying intimidation of the truth.

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Russel said...

How can it take "days" for aid to arrive in New Orleans? What were the helicopter crews doing? "Well, Bob, if I take off unauthorised it could cost me my pension. And I earn so little as it is. So what if I got a $500 tax break last year..." Anyone with a powerboat? The coast guard? It's so sad.

Last year, or was it 2005 - there have so many suicide bombs in Israel its hard to keep track - with the bombing of the hotels in the Sinai, help came way too late. The Egyptians kept on arguing who was in charge, no one was going to take any initiative because, well you never know.. Even though the head of the Egyptian military gave the green light for aid and rescue teams to enter from Israel the border guards refused, claiming that no such order "had arrived".

Many's the time Israel's managed to turn the tide in the face of multi arab army invasion. Outgunned on paper, the IDF's superior intelligence, communications and the quality of its troops and officers have enabled them to act alone.

I don't know what happened in New Orleans, but it seems to me people took notice, and action, too late. When the rank and file are not empowered to take action, that's a sign of bad leadership.


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