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this is a discussion within the NOLA Community Forum; I warned people over and over again about Blanco. She had no campaign, no stance on anything. The only thing she said was "I'm a cajun woman." She had some french band record a song for her political commercials. It ...

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Old 09-06-2005, 11:31 PM   #61
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I warned people over and over again about Blanco. She had no campaign, no stance on anything. The only thing she said was "I'm a cajun woman." She had some french band record a song for her political commercials. It was absolutely rediculous.

Bobby Jindal was all about business. He destroyed Blanco on the televised debate, but it didn't matter. All Louisiana could pay attention to was Blanco is a typical Cajun woman and Bobby Jindal looks like an "Arab."

I really can not see how she won. Jindal was such the logical choice. Blanco didn't even compare. Are we really that foolish? This state completely fell for her complete lack-of-substance campaign.

I remember distinctly she said she wanted to improve education for all. As soon as she got elected, tuition to Louisiana colleges shot up.

Blah.

I'm sorry you guys.
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:34 PM   #62
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On a more positive note, thank god for that Oil Museum she built for us. And that annual hot air baloon festival, thats going to get Louisiana's economy back on its feat.
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Old 09-06-2005, 11:55 PM   #63
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I believe both the people of New Orleans and the government are at fault.
Let me work a couple of things here and see if this might play out in someones mind .

Now let's go back to Saturday the 27th .

The President issues a State of Emergency order to FEMA.

Emergency Aid Authorized For Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response In Louisiana


Release Date: August 27, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-169

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced that Federal resources are being allocated to support emergency protective response efforts response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina.

Brown said President Bush authorized the aid under an emergency disaster declaration issued following a review of FEMA's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance. FEMA will mobilize equipment and resources necessary to protect public health and safety by assisting law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters, supporting emergency medical needs, meeting immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property, in addition to other emergency protective measures.

The parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn were designated eligible for assistance. In addition, federal funds will be available for public safety debris removal and emergency protective measures at 75 percent of approved costs.

Brown named William Lokey of FEMA to coordinate the federal relief effort. 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.
Then we have the local level response :

Mandatory evacuation ordered for New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray Nagin.

Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last resort for people to go, including the Superdome.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because airlines had already cancelled all flights.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

"There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight," Blanco said.

She said Interstate 10, which was converted Saturday so that all lanes headed one-way out of town, was total gridlock.

"We are facing a storm that most of us have long feared," Nagin said.

The storm surge most likely could topple the city's levee system, which protect it from surrounding waters of Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River and marshes, the mayor said. The bowl-shaped city must pump water out during normal times, and the hurricane threatened pump power.

Previous hurricanes evacuations in New Orleans were always voluntary, because so many people don't have the means of getting out. Some are too poor and there is always a French Quarter full of tourists who get caught.

"This is a once in a lifetime event," the mayor said. "The city of New Orleans has never seen a hurricane of this magnitude hit it directly," the mayor said.

He told those who had to move to the Superdome to come with enough food for several days and with blankets. He said it will be a very uncomfortable place and encouraged everybody who could to get out.

Nagin said police and firefighters would spread out throughout the city sounding sirens and using bullhorns to tell residents to get out. He also said police would have the authority to comandeer any vehicle or building that could be used for evacuation or shelter.

The Superdome was already taking in people with special problems. It opened about 8 a.m. and people on walkers, some with oxygen tanks, began checking in.
It is my opinion , that the Governor and Mayor could only say you need to evacuate , That FEMA would have been in direct control over where to . Let's go back to the FEMA directive and see :establishing shelters .

Given the unknown path of Katrina , it would be safe to say it would be hazardous even to bus people from New Orleans to Baton Rouge . If FEMA had established a location in Texas or even New Mexico to hold the evacuees at , the local officials could have boarded people on local buses and sent them there .

It is one thing to say everyone needs to get out your in danger . And another to say a meeting place has been designated by FEMA where local buses can take you if you cannot get out on your own .

FEMA had the order on Saturday and supposedly had run drills on worse case scenarios , so they knew the potential for danger.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:14 AM   #64
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Brown needs to go no doubt... I think what is going to have to happen with the investigation is setting up a timeline. Granted New Orleans everyone thought dodged the bullet then BAM levee breaks there was really no sense of urgency in New Orleans until Tuesday when they realized the levee broke. So Fema seemed to have acted slowly in that reguard. But the local city and state government supposedly have plan and practice such event as the levee breaking but where was it.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:28 AM   #65
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Nagin,Blanco,Brown, maybe even some other leaders will need to go. Time for a change in LA politics.
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Yeah I know Brown is with FEMA.
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:49 AM   #67
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I have to wonder , how much money and time was spent on running disaster scenarios , taking trips to the areas and working out plans , so that when Katrina made landfall FEMA could do nothing when help was needed .
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Old 09-07-2005, 02:59 PM   #68
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People were probably collecting pay checks as a member of such and such response team or board member ect ect... and they did nothing just a title and paycheck.

I guess politics in Louisiana is actually going to mean something for a change.
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:29 AM   #69
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Hey anyone hearing or seeing any of the problems with fema, mayor, and governor... post the stories here as well so everyone can be informed on what is going on and the faults... the fireman handing out fliers is a great example of mismanagement.
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Old 09-08-2005, 11:10 AM   #70
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Heard this morning and yes most likely a rumor .

Move on is moving into position at the Capital .

From Move on :

In the immediate days after Katrina, we saw the best of America as millions of people stepped forward to offer help. Meanwhile, the Bush administration failed at their most important job: keeping America safe. The federal effort was too little, too late and the fact that the White House would blame state and local officials after they had begged for help is appalling.

For those interested , the petition .

http://political.moveon.org/helpvictims/
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