Gut Rumbles

February 19, 2006

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Here's a good article about Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. I especially like the "think locally" idea. Any time you put the job of handling a disaster in the hands of a distant, bloated, bureaucratic federal agency, you're gonna get a slow, inept, wasteful and inadequate response. That's the nature of the beast.

But there I go again. I keep forgetting that a big, expensive federal program is the answer to every problem that comes along today.


"All politics is LOCAL."

By God, so is "help"!

Posted by: Maggie on February 19, 2006 04:33 PM

I live straight on an earthquake fault. I've got enough emergency supplies to get a family of five through three days, not including what might be salvagable from the house in terms of food and water.

I also will share and combine with my neighbors and if our house remains habitable and theirs does not, they have a place to

The big help will come when it can. 'Till then, we'll get by....

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 19, 2006 07:33 PM

Having been involved with public safety for 13 years, and having deployed with our local Emergency Management for Katrina relief efforts I can ASSURE you first hand that the major failure that resulted in needless loss of life was most definitely at the local level.

In the panhandle of Florida, we have had to deal with FEMA more than we would like. They are a huge bureaucracy. They're a huge pain in the ass. But they can and will do their job if the local government has in place a sufficient response of its own complete with well planned mutual aid agreements.

The State of Louisiana is next in line for weight of responsibility that should be shouldered. They fucked up big time. New Orleans is the most corrupt municipality in the Union, and that is undisputed. It's no suprise they're shifting the blame.

FEMA needs to account for some money...alot of it. But that has nothing to do with how quickly federal resources arrived. They arrived as quickly as they ever do in any hurricane. Maybe quicker.

They were fashionably late in our region during Hurricane Ivan too, but by that time State and local authorities already had in place, relief and comfort stations, shelters, Search and Rescue operations and mutual aid response from around the region for Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement. They did this because it was THEIR JOB. That's was local Emergency Management is for.

When FEMA arrived, we used them for exactly what they are supposed to be used for....their pocketbook. Ray Nagin should be jailed for gross dereliction of duty. Katherine Blanco should join him.

Several weeks ago a series of severe thunderstorms hit the New Orleans area destroying several structures and causing additional flooding.....that was also Bush's fault.

Posted by: Wadical on February 19, 2006 10:28 PM

I agree Rob; all hurricane relief in Lousiana should have originated with the state or local governments; they're the most efficient. In Louisiana's case, said governments would be solving people's problems instead of (remodeling their offices).
Can we at least agree that this was a Charlie Foxtrot? And that Nagin and Blanco were not part of the solution?

Posted by: Scott Crawford on February 19, 2006 10:53 PM
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