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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


From Tom Tomorrow, we learn that when aWol declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, on August 27, two days before Katrina hit. The declaration authorizes DHS (Gestapo) and FEMA (Keystone Cops) to coordinate disaster relief efforts--in those parishes least likely to need it! New Orleans and the coastal parishes were left out, while those in the largely unthreatened (and eventually unscathed) northwest of the state were included.

The followup declaration, after Katrina hit, does provide for Federal funding to be made available to the actually affected counties--through local government in some parishes, directly to individuals in others. It doesn't mention responsibility for coordinating relief efforts.