Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It should come as no surprise...

that our government's main concern in emergency management, as in all things, is to avoid blame:

A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation's emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.

...

Federal officials, Ashwood said, appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states. "It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness," he said.

This is quite in keeping with the ethics that informed FEMA's decision not to test the trailers in which they were housing displaced Americans for formaldehyde because "once you get results and should they indicate some problem, the clock is running on our duty to respond to them."

Meanwhile:

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused far more dislocation to Louisiana's population than previously estimated, with tens of thousands more people being forced to relocate than previous population counts have suggested, according to a study released Tuesday by the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
Remember when the government was actually on our side?

1 Comments:

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous gnrymr said...

Aw poor LA., look at all those people flooded out of their houses!
Mean while we here in MS. were left with slabs. We wish we had the houses to rake the mud out of in most cases. Plus your state government didn't get their stuff together in 1 sock like we did so of course we got more federal benefits, sorry! Get your stuff together & be ready next time, as in N.O. If y'all had taken care o'
business years ago then the levee would not have broken, and it wouldn't have been nearly as bad.
Plus if the pumps had been upgraded
to be able to handle more than a thunder storm years ago then the newspaper pictures I saw all my life of Canal street flooded would not have happened either. But strange how the poorest parts of N.
O. also flooded the worst huh! Re-
member that when y'all vote Dalin'!
I'll never regret movin' to MS. from LA. especially since the storm
it's worse now than ever before.

 

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