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Subject: Re: Why Nagin refused to use his schoolbusses . Date: 9/8/2005 2:49 PM
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There you go again. None of this is the responsiblity of the Federal government...

Normally you'd be right, if a little thing like the facts didn't get in the way. You see all the way back on August 27, 2005 - President Bush upon the request of the governors of Louisiana and Mississippi made an emergency declaration. A full 48 hours before Katrina started chewing at the Gulf coast.

http://2theadvocate.com/stories/082905/new_bush001.shtml

The action follows the President's emergency declaration of August 27 that released federal resources to help meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property in addition to other emergency protective measures. Debris removal and emergency services to assist law enforcement with evacuations and establishment of shelters are also eligible costs covered by the federal funding.

So two days before Katrina, President Bush released federal resources for evacation, protection of life and property. But hey, it's not the fed's job even if the President by declaration makes it so?

And what of their job? I mean when the President makes an emergency declaration just what is DHS and/or FEMA suppose to do. Because I would think that a declaration from the President for an emergency would have some, well teeth, I mean otherwise isn't it just window dressing and press opportunities?

Well, here is this explanation in real simple terms from About.Com

http://uspolitics.about.com/b/a/198141.htm

State of Emergency:
States of emergency may be declared by Presidents, Governors or Mayors. For example, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin used emergency powers to call for mandatory evacuation of the city.

A federal emergency declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security) to assist states with emergency situations -- including funding, loans, personnel. For example, according to FEMA:

... the President's emergency declaration of August 27 ... released federal resources to help meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining human needs and [to protect] property in addition to other emergency protective measures. Debris removal and emergency services to assist law enforcement with evacuations and establishment of shelters are also eligible costs covered by the federal funding.
Federal disaster assistance is now possible for parts of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The first disaster declaration dealt with Florida.

However, a state of emergency also means that governments can override normal administrative processes. Review state-specific emergency declarations, rules and responses for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.


Then there is this from FEMA:

http://uspolitics.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema%3Fid=18478

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Louisiana to help residents and communities recover from the damages and losses incurred from the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina.

Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Bush. The declaration covers damage to private and public property from Hurricane Katrina that occurred beginning August 29, 2005 and continuing.

The action follows the President's emergency declaration of August 27 that released federal resources to help meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property in addition to other emergency protective measures. Debris removal and emergency services to assist law enforcement with evacuations and establishment of shelters are also eligible costs covered by the federal funding.

Affected individuals and business owners in the parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana are eligible for aid.

The assistance will be coordinated by FEMA and can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local government in the parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance.

Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local governments in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Desoto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance.

For a period of up to 72 hours, federal funding is available at 100 percent of the total eligible costs for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance. The 72-hour period funding at 100 percent excludes debris removal.

Funding, on a cost-sharing basis, is available for hazard mitigation measures in St. Mary, St. Tammany and Ouachita parishes. Damage surveys are continuing and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are completed.

Brown named William Lokey of FEMA to coordinate the federal relief effort.

Lokey encouraged those who sustained losses in the designated counties to begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will be available 24 hours seven days a week until further notice.

Registering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high call volume. If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and residents with only minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling so those whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first. Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance company or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request an advance or partial payment of their settlement.

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.


ATTENTION PA FA SNIPERS - the above quote is a government public domain document and not copyrighted

I mean - it all seems pretty simple to me, and to be going the Federal government is blameless in this defies logic -- there is plenty of blame to go around. From school buses sitting under water when they could have been moved, even post hurricane and pre levee break, to Bush strumming the guitar and eating cake as New Orleans feel into chaos, to sobbing governor, to a hand tied ineffective governor in neighboring Mississippi - which has also suffered THOUSANDS of deaths and is lost in the news because the "big" story was New Orleans and surrounding area.

No one from the White House to looting New Orleans police officers to privately run nursing homes that abandoned their patients is blameless.

I mean NO ONE -
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