Thursday, September 08, 2005

Voices from the storm

Some quotes seen/heard in the media over the last couple of weeks. I believe they are self-illuminating.

"Brown said President Bush authorized the aid under an emergency disaster declaration issued following a review of FEMA's analysis of the state's request for federal assistance. FEMA will mobilize equipment and resources necessary to protect public health and safety by assisting law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters, supporting emergency medical needs, meeting immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining human needs and protecting property, in addition to other emergency protective measures."
--"Emergency Aid Authorized for Hurrican Katrina Emergency Response in Louisiana," FEMA press release, Sat, Aug 27

"On Saturday, President Bush has declared an emergency for the states of Louisiana and Mississippi opening up FEMA’s ability to move into the state and assist the state and local governments with mobilizing resources and preparations to save lives and property from the impact of Hurricane Katrina."
--"Homeland Security Prepping for Dangerous Hurricane Katrina," FEMA press release, Sun, Aug 28

"A computer model run by the LSU Hurricane Center late Saturday confirmed [the potential for disaster]. It indicated the metropolitan area was poised to see a repeat of Betsy's flooding, or worse, with storm surge of as much as 16 feet moving up the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and topping levees in Chalmette and eastern New Orleans, and pushing water into the 9th Ward and parts of Mid-City. High water flowing from Lake Pontchartrain through St. Charles Parish also would flood over levees into Kenner, according to the model."
--"Katrina Takes Aim," The Times-Picayune, Sunday, Aug 28

“I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl. That's just not happening.”
--FEMA official Bill Lokey on Tuesday, Aug 30, as New Orleans filled like a bowl from breaches in three levees

"Paula, the federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today."
--Micheal Brown, who apparently does not own a television, in an interview with CNN's Paula Zahn on Thursday, Sept 1

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
--King George II on Thursday, Sept 1, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America

"The collapse of a significant portion of the levee leading to the very fast flooding of the city was not envisioned."
--Department of Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff on Saturday, Sept 3, who apparently missed the New Orleans Time-Picayune's 2002 5-part series outlining exactly what would happen if a hurricane hit the city

"It's going to look like a massive shipwreck."
--Walter Maestri, Jefferson Parish emergency management director, "The City in a Bowl", Sept 20, 2002

"I've heard you say during the course of a number of interviews that you found out about the convention center today. Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio?"
--Ted Koppel, confirming that Michael Brown does not own a television on "Nightline," Friday, Sept 2

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
--King George II on Friday, Sept 2 to Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown

"So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (laughs) this is working out very well for them."
--Former first lady Barbara Bush, touring the Astrodome on Monday, Sept 5, where conditions are said to be little better than in the Superdome.

"The world’s only remaining superpower that has taken upon itself the great responsibility of saving and reforming the rest of the world, couldn’t protect its own people in its own backyard."
--"From Mumbai to New Orleans: Bungling with the Basics," Dubai Khaleej Times, Wed, Sept 7


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