Skip to comments.Blanco blocked FEMA
Posted on 09/16/2005 2:34:16 PM PDT by zot
Saturday 27 August
-- Seven of the 18 Urban Search and Rescue task forces FEMA has deployed were already in the region before the storm struck Sunday. (CNN) These US&R teams exist for the purpose of structuring local emergency personnel into integrated disaster response task forces. (FEMA)
-- FEMA Director Mike Brown. "There's about 36 hours for folks to get ready. Beyond that, it's just too late. I can't emphasize enough to viewers how serious FEMA is taking this storm. The agency has dispatched teams to both states." (CNN)
6:45 pm -- President Bush declares a federal state of emergency for Louisiana. This document dated Saturday, 27 August, orders Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the parishes located in the path of Hurricane Katrina, effective Friday, 26 August 2005.
9:00 pm -- Governor Blanco says the President has declared a PRE-hurricane emergency, apparently the first time this has happened, and Max Mayfield of the Hurricane Center has called her and told her it is really serious.
Sunday 28 August
8:40 am -- People showing up outside the Superdome. Louisiana National Guard not letting them in. Mayor Nagin says Superdome is for special medical needs.
9:50 am -- FEMA Director Mike Brown says they have planned staging areas to the west, east and north, and will be ready to roll the moment they can. Said the convoys of utility trucks were amazing ... NJ, PA, etc., are all enroute.
-- President Bush calls Governor Blanco and personally appeals for mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.
10:30 am -- Mayor Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, but exempts hotels. He says the city has no liability for the hotels. Governor Blanco, standing beside Mayor Nagin at this news conference, says President Bush called "just before we came in" and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation of the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.
12:30 pm -- Hundreds of people are outside the Superdome waiting to get in.
3:41 pm -- Fox News: Long lines of people waiting to get into the Superdome.
4:00 pm -- Traffic cameras show torrential rain soaking New Orleans
4:30 pm -- Tempers are flaring outside the Superdome. Crowd chanting, "Let Us In!" Explanation: authorities are searching everyone for weapons and drugs.
Monday 29 August
6:30 am -- Katrina makes landfall 60 miles south of New Orleans. Winds 145 mph. Slate tiles blowing off roofs. Power goes out in the French Quarter.
8:00 am -- Wind tears two holes in roof of Superdome.
12:30 pm -- Emergency teams all along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida are standing by and ready to be deployed as soon as damage is assessed.
1:00 pm -- FEMA Director Mike Brown states that he has water, ice and military MREs ready to be shipped into areas affected. Supply lines are backed up to Fort Worth and Atlanta.
2:15 pm -- Weather clearing along the coast, but first responders are still blocked by the storm inland.
4:00 pm -- Winds reduced. CNN and other media reporting a party atmosphere in the French Quarter, saying New Orleans apparently dodged the Big One.
-- Red Cross [agent of FEMA] is ready to take food and water into New Orleans. Not allowed by the Director of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, because of concerns over logistical difficulties.
Tuesday 30 August
10:30 am -- Governor Blanco declares martial law throughout the State of Louisiana, tells state highway patrol to block all entrances into the state.
11:43 am -- Martial law is being enforced. Governor Blanco has instructed the highway patrol to block off all entrances into the state. (WDSU)
-- "I heard a FEMA contracted truck driver talking on Coast to Coast last night saying he was not allowed into New Orleans by the Louisiana State Patrol on Tuesday, and he was forced to wait til Thursday with 50 other semis." (Posted on FreeRepublic.com 09/14/2005 1:13:15 PM EDT by BurbankKarl)
FEMA was blocked by the storm until late Monday afternoon 29 August in the New Orleans area, and until Tuesday morning 30 August by storm conditions inland.
And then ...
Has anyone else heard reports from FEMA contracted truck drivers who were blocked by the Louisiana state highway patrol between Tuesday 30 August and Thursday 1 September?
I firmly believe Nagin is moving to Dallas for "health reasons".
Please ping others who may be interested in this.
This is what we need...more looters.
Is there a clinical term for fear of lead poisoning?
Could you point your Katrina ping list to this one?
Katrina timeline ping...
So, Brown was "let go" for political reasons only.
It was a total local and state government breakdown!
fyi and indexing
After one of our own state representatives traveled the state to inform the public that the entire hurricane was all President Bush's fault I emailed the following to one of his representatives.
"I am e-mailing to express my disappointment with Senator Carl Levin's decision to point fingers at President Bush and the federal government for their response to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. This diatribe did nothing more than remind us of why the Democrats have become the minority party in every branch of government. Carl Levin would be well-advised to become better educated in the chain-of-command in regards to what was, after all, a natural disaster.
He could start with the Mayor who refused to make any attempt to evacuate the city when the danger was first announced. Next he might take a look at the Governor who refused to relinquish power to the federal government until long after this should have been done. Of course, that would never have suited Mr. Levin's purposes, since these people were BOTH Democrats.
Since Senator Levin seems to have so much time to be running around the state pointing fingers, I might suggest that he find something better to do with his time - namely trying to bring new industry into a state that ties with Alaska for the honor of being the State slowest to pull out of economic hardships. If he put some energy into improving the problems in his own state, rather than
taking it upon himself to tell the President how to run the nation, Michigan might not be in such an unenviable position.
In closing, I would hope that Senator Levin would learn to offer solutions instead of whining and pointing fingers. When that actually occurs all citizens of the State of Michigan will have more confidence in the leadership within our own state."
FOLLOWING IS THE RESPONSE THAT WAS RECEIVED:
"Thank you for writing. I will pass along your partisan opinion to Senator Levin."
Just makes me feel good all over to realize just how interested the Senator is in the opinion of his constituents.
I met Katrina with light rain and 30 mph winds at Athens Tennessee
This is excellent. Thanks!
One question- IIRC the president called Bov Blanco on the 26th of August- the first of several calls to encourage, ask and finally beg that NOLA be evac'd.
Maybe, though he wasn't fired as Director of FEMA. He resigned.
The Democrats have established the lie that the federal response was slow. That is the false premise on which they and their surrogates base their blame-casting.
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