Trying To Maintain Rationality

Sunday, September 04, 2005

So You Think The Local And State Authorities Were To Blame?...

According to this White House document:

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 26, 2005, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in 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.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Representing 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.

FEMA was in charge as of almost 10 days ago. STFU and stop trying to shift emergency/recovery effort blame to the local/state authorities. FEMA was in charge.

Just in case you're dumb, let me reiterate that FEMA was in charge.

Still not sure who's to blame? Once again: FEMA was in charge.

Did I mention that FEMA was in charge?

The politicization (is that a real word?) of this tragedy is not that people are pointing fingers at this admininstration. No.

Rather it's that this administration refuses to take responsibility for its failed policy and in fact started all the claptrap by pointing its crooked index finger at everything but itself. THAT'S politicizing.


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