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THEY HAD A PLAN.... they just didn't use it
Junkyard Blog ^ | 9/3/2005

Posted on 09/03/2005 7:51:51 AM PDT by StoneGiant

September 03, 2005


They just didn't follow it. So they were planning to fail. By "they," I mean pretty much every government official in Louisiana, and by "plan," I mean a signed-off set of procedures they were supposed to follow in the event of a catastrophic hurricane. You know, like the one that just hit. And by "fail" I mean complete catastrophic failure.

Here’s the southeast Louisiana evac plan supplement, most recently revised in 2000. Go to page 13, read paragraph 5. It states:

5. The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating.

Well, well. Can you say "smoking gun," Mr. Mayor? Mr. Ebbert? How about a smoking arsenal? I guess whether or not you decide to act is based on how you define "school and municipal buses" and "staging area." Or "hurricane." Or "mandatory," as in "mandatory evacuation."

Also see page 18, paragraph 2a 2 and 3.

Page 20, paragraph 3a 5.

Page 21, paragraph c 4.

Page 29, all of it.

And this is just one part of a larger plan the size of a phone book.

Consider this strange quote too:

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.

So the existence of people who may be stuck in the bowl actually leads to a decreased hurricane evacuation level to match their helplessness instead of increased urgency and planning for buses? Are you kidding me? Is that called "Nawlins logic" or what? Well, now we know why the President of the United States had to be the one to give the order for a mandatory evac. Sad.

The poor folk provide crucial votes for the local politicians, and the tourists provide the dollars, but yet before a major hurricane they can't even get a bus ride? If the MSM did not exist, President Bush might be seen as a hero now to the survivors of New Orleans for at least trying to force the local pols to get a clue and to think about the poor, sick and helpless for once when it's not election time. That's compassionate conservatism. He feels your pain before you do and tries to prevent liberals from inflicting it.

There is something very peculiar about a city and a state that have a plan on the books for years that outlines what to do when a hurricane is about to strike, yet when a hurricane comes roaring in, the responsible officials just chuck the plan and try winging it. Delaying and then winging it in the face of a monstrous Cat 4/5 hurricane is never, ever a good idea, especially for New Orleans.

So when the situation goes south, the levee breaks and the people who should have been evacuated based on the plan are dying, these same officials who decided to improvise the whole thing now blame it all on the President who begged them to just get everyone the hell out of there already.

KEYWORDS: bush; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; neworleans

1 posted on 09/03/2005 7:51:52 AM PDT by StoneGiant
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To: StoneGiant

Ebbert. Inept Ebbert. Disgusting fellow.

3 posted on 09/03/2005 7:54:41 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: StoneGiant

Hear! Hear!

4 posted on 09/03/2005 7:55:39 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: mtbopfuyn

After seeing what it takes to evacuate people by helicopter one at a time, I think it is safe to say that they did not really envision a worst case scenario, effectively.

5 posted on 09/03/2005 7:57:48 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: StoneGiant

Liberals will kill us all. We must not let that happen.

6 posted on 09/03/2005 7:58:01 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: StoneGiant

This mess is what you get when the local inmates run the asylum.......

Shame on the Mayor, the Governor, and the other corrupt cronies of Louisiana.

BRAVO to President Bush!!

7 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:57 AM PDT by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: sandyeggo
This picture should be sent all over America. The dolt mayor of NO had a week to put this plan into action, but sat by and did nothing.

The leftists are going to try to race bait and make hay against the Republicans on this one, but it won't work. People are not stupid. Well, yes they are but not that stupid. The black caucus in DC stays in office because they preach hate, they are no better than the Muslim terrorists. The liberals on TV are just as bad.

If you idiots want to blame Bush for something blame him for open borders. Otherwise, shut the crap up.

8 posted on 09/03/2005 8:04:24 AM PDT by swampfox98 (How American became a nation of traitors: Greed, corrupt politicians and religious leaders.)
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To: GeorgeW23225
The big secret came out yesterday. Why do anything locally? We can get Federal Funds.

The Mayor and the Governor and the cops who took off should all be relieved of their jobs.

The President will straighten you SOB's out. It's too bad the people are ignorant of the responsibilities of the Mayor and Governor as the first to assist.

9 posted on 09/03/2005 8:23:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: sandyeggo

I just love seeing that picture pop up as I drag through these NO threads.

10 posted on 09/03/2005 9:04:10 AM PDT by PeteB570
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To: sandyeggo

Ouch, that picture will be a public relations nightmare...

11 posted on 09/03/2005 9:38:27 AM PDT by Kolb
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12 posted on 09/03/2005 12:59:50 PM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: StoneGiant

This needs to make the top of the list for every blog out there. If we don't get this info out there it will just sink to the bottom of the Nawlins swamp. We can sure as hell count on the White House to say nothing. Self defense seems to be below those guys competence level.

13 posted on 09/03/2005 1:09:07 PM PDT by mercy (never again a patsy for Bill Gates - spyware and viri free for over TWO YEARS now)
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To: mercy

Drudge has it up right below the bus pic

14 posted on 09/03/2005 5:18:26 PM PDT by GeorgiaYankee (ABCNNBCBS: News for people who can't do a Google Search!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Unfortunately, this information STILL has not gotten out, as far as I'm concerned.

I just had a wing ding of an argument with a guy at work just minutes ago, who blames EVERYTHING on President Bush. I'm still shaking with anger at how anyone could use the "race card" when it comes to a natural disaster.

It makes me sick to my stomach.......

15 posted on 09/03/2005 9:56:19 PM PDT by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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To: StoneGiant

I just skimmed that plan.

Good Lord!

It looks to me like one of those generic plans you find in a textbook somewhere, or crib from some disaster recovery seminar.

One quick example: the plan goes from discussing mandatory evacuation directly to discussing return of the population, without any recognition that it might take weeks to pump the water out of the New Orleans basin.

It reads like a South Park episode: 1. Steal underpants. 2. ??? 3. Profit.


16 posted on 09/03/2005 10:28:19 PM PDT by filbert (More filbert at
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