Thursday, September 8, 2005
Okay, I'll do just that.

In case you aren't familiar with how our government is SUPPOSED to work:
The chain of responsibility for the protection of the citizens in New Orleans is:

1. The Mayor
2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security (a political appointee of the Governor who reports to the Governor)
3. The Governor
4. The Head of Homeland Security
5. The President

What did each do?

1. The mayor, with 5 days advance, waited until 2 days before he announced a mandatory evacuation (at the behest of the President). Then he failed to provide transportation for those without transport even though he had hundreds of buses at his disposal.

2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security failed to have any plan for a contingency that has been talked about for 50 years. Then he blames the Feds for not doing what he should have done. (So much for political appointees)

3. The Governor, despite a declaration of disaster by the President 2 DAYS BEFORE the storm hit, failed to take advantage of the offer of Federal troops and aid. Until 2 DAYS AFTER the storm hit.

4. The Director of Homeland Security positioned assets in the area to be ready when the Governor called for them

5. The President urged a mandatory evacuation, and even declared a disaster State of Emergency, freeing up millions of dollars of federal assistance, should the Governor decide to use it.
Thanks John.

The following is what I've been able to find.

Here's something interesting written in 2004.

Also, have a look at this. From City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

A. Authority

As established by the City of New Orleans Charter, the government has jurisdiction and responsibility in disaster response. City government shall coordinate its efforts through the Office of Emergency Preparedness

The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane.

B. Issuance of Evacuation Orders

The person responsible for recognition of hurricane related preparation needs and for the issuance of an evacuation order is the Mayor of the City of New Orleans. Concerning preparation needs and the issuance of an evacuation order, The Office of Emergency Preparedness should keep the Mayor advised.


A. Mayor

* Initiate the evacuation.

* Retain overall control of all evacuation procedures via EOC(Emergency Operations Center) operations.

* Authorize return to evacuated areas.

And one last thing.
E. Louisiana National Guard

* Provide assistance as needed in accordance with current State guidelines.

Now this one is rather interesting because we have no idea when Gov. Blonco ordered the National Guard in because a gag order has been issued not allowing anyone to talk about it. Why would this be? The only reason I can come up with is because there is something to hide. The NG didn't show up for, what, 2-3 days afterwards. So it seems to reason that Blonco didn't order them in until then. But it's all Bush's fault.
The Only Thing Necessary For Evil To Triumph
Is For Good Men To Do Nothing


Anonymous said...
Sent on the 28th - before Katrina hit.

And the state's National Guard was insufficient, but Washington only sent back the paperwork for all the other state's National Guard to get involved 5 days later.

So don't give me that bollocks. As I said before, Bush was perfectly willing to fly directly to Washington to intercede for Ms Schiavo, but he spent 5 days out of touch when an entire city got put under water.
I'll let the Albuquerque Tribune explain it for you (they use smaller words).