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Monday, September 05, 2005

On the (in)competence of LA and NO goverment

The Instapundit has compiled an excellent and very long list of links.

Notable quotes:
Other federal and state officials pointed to Louisiana's failure to measure up to national disaster response standards, noting that the federal plan advises state and local emergency managers not to expect federal aid for 72 to 96 hours, and base their own preparedness efforts on the need to be self-sufficient for at least that period. "Fundamentally the first breakdown occurred at the local level," said one state official who works with FEMA. 'Did the city have the situational awareness of what was going on within its borders? The answer was no."
Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said.

Blanco made two moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state's victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her on the relief effort.

Q: General, you mentioned a disintegration of the New Orleans Police Department. Do you know how many officers are still on duty?

GEN. BLUM: I would rather not say. I think you'd be better to refer that question to the mayor of New Orleans. I have my own estimate. I would say they are significantly degraded and they have less than one-third of their original capability.
UPDATE: As Ackers points out, the following has today been retracted by the Washington Post:
As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said. . . .
Correction to This Article
A Sept. 4 article on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina incorrectly said that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) had not declared a state of emergency. She declared an emergency on Aug. 26.
Here's the original declaration, issued at 5pm local time about 9 days ago.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/05/2005 04:12:00 pm


Blogger Ackers1 said...

Get with the play AL. The WAPO has already retracted it's publishing of that particular lie.


9/05/2005 05:42:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Good spotting Ackers! Now you're getting into the swing of things.

9/05/2005 05:59:00 pm  

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