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I think Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans got it a little wrong.

I will agree that he has every right to criticize the Fed when assistance came so late to save the many people that died from exposure.

I criticize Ray Nagin for not organizing a better evacuation of HIS city.

There is noone in the Fed that knows more about his depressed city is than Ray Nagin.  Ray Nagin should have ordered the school bus drivers to drive their bus routes and evacuate the students and their families.  There might have been a large number of drivers to refuse, but I’d wager there would have been plenty of volunteers.  The volunteers could have come from the poor neighborhoods themselves.  I’m sure that of all of the poor people, there were enough people there with driver’s licenses to drive school buses out of the city in advance of the crushing blow of Katrina.

Ray Nagin should have demanded the city’s mass transit bus drivers load up and evacuate scores of people from the city.  Again, I’d bet most anything that there are enough responsible people in the poor neighborhoods that could have driven one of those buses if manpower was scarce.

Did Ray Nagin call the Fed beforehand and tell them that people weren’t getting out quickly enough?  Did he tell his police department to report on the numbers of people stuck at home because there were too poor to own a car or even busfare out of town?

Ray Nagin could have made an agreement with the Fed and Amtrak to train the people out of South Louisiana.

It is also possible that he did all of these things.

I didn’t hear him say he did ANY of them though.  I only heard him criticize the Fed which made me cheer!  I love to criticize the Fed.  It is my duty as a citizen to speak out and hold my leaders accountable.

I know he certainly didn’t organize or commandeer the school buses because this picture speaks volumes.  image

The Governor of LA gets the “gas face” also because she only requested:

ENCLOSURE A TO EMERGENCY REQUEST

Estimated requirements for other Federal agency programs:
Department of Social Services (DSS): Opening (3) Special Need Shelters (SNS) and establishing (3) on Standby. Costs estimated at $500,000 per week for each in operation.
Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH): Opening (3) Shelters and establishing (3) on Standby. Costs estimated at $500,000 per week for each in operation.
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP): Providing generators and support staff for SNS and Public Shelters. Costs estimated to range from $250,000-$500,000 to support (6) Shelter generator operations.
Louisiana State Police (LSP): Costs to support evacuations - $300,000 for a non-direct landfall.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (WLF): Costs to support evacuations - $200,000 for a non-direct landfall.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD): Costs to support evacuations - $2,000,000 for a non-direct landfall.

Totals: $ 9,000,000

Estimated Requirements for assistance under the Stafford Act:

Coordination: $0
Technical and advisory assistance: $0
Debris removal: $0
Emergency protective measures: $ 9,000,000
Individuals and Households Program (IHP): $0
Distribution of emergency supplies: $0
Other (specify): $0

Totals: $ 9,000,000
Grand Total: $ 9,000,000

Let me go back to sleep now and revisit my innocent childhood.


Posted by SPN on 09/05 at 09:41 AM in Racism / Prejudice

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