Thursday, October 20, 2005

FEMA blames FEMA

Initial blame for the grand ineptness displayed in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina starts with the city's mayor, Ray Nagin, and Gov. Kathleen Blanco (see: Blame Game). Of course, fingers need to also be pointed at FEMA, Pres. Bush and others.

FEMA's Regional Director (for the Gulf Coast) Marty Bahamonde, speaking before a Senate panel investigating governmental response to the disaster, states that "he gave regular updates to people in contact with then-FEMA Director Michael Brown as early as August 28, one day before Katrina made landfall. In most cases, he said, he was met with silence or a polite thank-you from Brown, who said he would check with the White House. 'I think there was a systematic failure at all levels of government to understand the magnitude of the situation,'"



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