Sunday, September 04, 2005

Did Anyone Bother to Read the Plan?

Consider these sections of the City of New Orleans emergency plan, which you can read in its entirety by clicking on the title of this post:

Conduct of an actual evacuation will be the responsibility of the Mayor of New Orleans ...

The City of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas.

D. Regional Transit Authority
* Supply transportation as needed in accordance with the current Standard Operating Procedures.
* Place special vehicles on alert to be utilized if needed.* Position supervisors and dispatch evacuation buses.
* If warranted by scope of evacuation, implement additional service.

E. Louisiana National Guard
* Provide assistance as needed in accordance with current State guidelines.

Emergency shelter operations are the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Preparedness Shelter Coordinator.

The plan raises three questions:
  1. Were "all available resources" used in the evacuation?
  2. Why weren't food and water stockpiled at the Superdome?
  3. Was the Louisiana National Guard utilized from the git go?

Notice that the plan makes the Mayor responsible, not the President of the United States. Final question: Did Mayor Nagin blow it?



At 7:23 AM, Blogger Dr. Tammy said...

It would appear that the mayor neglected the City of New Orleans. However, it also appears that the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana are one of the tax poorest areas in the U.S.

I believe that Pres. Bush asked Texas to step up to the plate (God Bless Texas and their warm hearts) and brought the Federal Government in when it became apparent that the City and State once it was determined there was no leadership or action plan. I believe it took the Federal Government extra time to respond, because this was such a large scale mission and a plan had to be created on how to approach and conduct the situation step by step.

I say kudos to the Great State of Texas (Pres. Bush's home) and the U.S. Military!

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Nochman said...

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At 4:25 PM, Blogger Nochman said...

Great post! I already heard Bishop T. D Jakes call Mr. Nagin the greatest mayor in America. Even if the mayors hand was held by economic restraints, it's still unbelievable how everyone blames the president and not the officials in immediate control.

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Shawna M said...

Awesome post Dr. Ayers, I'm glad someone isn't blamming the president again. No one realizes that local government is just as (if not more)responsible.


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