Government Waits Until After Storm

I know this has already been reported here but I wanted to expand on it.

“WASHINGTON – The top U.S. disaster official waited hours after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast before he proposed to his boss sending at least 1,000 Homeland Security workers into the region to support rescuers, internal documents show.”

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And one of the former members of FEMA went on television and said they needed more money. How hard is it to call up someone and say “Hey, there is a chance that New Orleans may be wiped out and more people die then did in the 9/11 attacks but again nothing may happen so to be safe could you send some supplies to New Orleans before this event occurs.”

Now I am not going around blaming the President for this but I am saying that FEMA is paid a lot of money to keep us safe and they work for us and when someone works for you and fails you cut their pay or fire them.

Update: Don’t miss this Keith Olbermann comment on the matter:

[M]ost chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.

Link to video, via dailyKos.

2 Comments
  1. Believe me, I am not a Bush supporter. But as a Federal Health care professional, I know that Bush really hasn’t done anything wrong. The emergency plans of each individual city is the responsibility of those local governments. If the locals don’t feel they are getting what is needed, it is the duty of the state senators and congressional reps to bring the issue to Capitol Hill. It is ridiculous to hold one man accountable for the plans of each and every city emergency plan.
    FEMA is also getting a little bit of a bad rap. Their job is NOT to do the actual rescuing- it is to coordinate the efforts of the various groups on the scene. However, they have done a VERY POOR job coordinating.
    Two days after the Hurricane, the Feds offered Governor Blanco federal troops and help. She turned them down. If she turned down help AFTER the storm, why in hell would she want it BEFORE the storm?!?!?
    The fact that New Orleans was in danger has never been a secret. I grew up there before moving to D.C. Everybody in the damn city knew an event like this was possible. The locals would never pass a tax to improve the levees, and the feds would never pass a bill to fix the levee and drainage system. Due to this the Louisiana coastline has been slowly eroding for more than 50 years. Rather than spend a few hundred million up front to fix the problem, we now spend billions. Don’t blame Bush. Blame the Louisiana voters, Governors, and crooked politicans over the last 50 years.
    Geaux Tigers!!

  2. Steve,

    I am not blaming Bush and I am not necesarly blaming anyone I just feel like we need to fix the mistakes that were made and possibly privatize the relief efforts for future tragedies but I am going to report news and the only reason I posted this was because a former member of FEMA said they needed more money and I say if you can’t do your job good enough then why can’t private charities do it.