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  Katrina, the Aftermath

Katrina, the Aftermath Sat. 9/3/05

FEMA, what is it's mission.

Understanding FEMA's Mission and Organization

FEMA was organized on April 1, 1979 to be the central point of contact within the Federal government to provide leadership, coordination, and management in reducing risks and helping disaster victims, regardless of the cause. The Agency is dedicated to protect the Nation from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

FEMA is a supportive partner to the public and private organizations and groups, which contribute to emergency management. Most life and property threatening emergencies are best dealt with at the State and local level. FEMA supports these efforts by providing resources, guidance and readiness to respond when demand exceeds local capabilities.

Some of FEMA's statements involving Katrina:

This one is from Saturday, August 27th…before the hurricane.

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.

I know that some bloggers are questioning the effort that the mayor of New Orleans put into the evacuation. There are many pictures of swamped bused that before the flood could have been used to evacuate some of the non-mobile people. It seems these bloggers should really be questioning William Lokey, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was put in charge of the Katrina disaster by his boss, Michael D. Brown.

This from the White House website on Monday, 8/29/05:

Representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, named William Lokey as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

This from the Boston Globe website on Saturday, 9/3/05

''It was beyond our immediate capabilities, for sure," said William Lokey, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ''I'll probably be lying awake a long time second-guessing, thinking about how we might have done things differently."

Everything, it seems is beyond the immediate capabilities of the Bush administration.

What information were they lacking that prevented them from anticipating a catastrophic disaster.

1. The storm was a CAT 5 with plenty of warning

2. New Orleans is below sea level, protected by levies and pumps.

3. The levies are only designed to protect to a CAT 3 storm.

4. The storm and the potential for flooding was all over the news.

5. A CAT 5 hurricane without the added problem of being below sea level should have been warning enough to those in charge.

This should finally awaken even those dullards who have been lulled to sleep by the sound of Rush Limbaugh's voice, that Bush is the ultimate example of this famous quote:

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

His so called ability to lead is best defined by the people he chooses. From Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rice all the way to Michael D. Brown, newly exposed as the FEMA FLUNKY.

This record of incompetence is a continuing disaster.

For relief please vote in 2006 and 2008.

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