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FEMA Action in NO called a National Disgrace
    #4609384 - 09/01/05 07:01 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

"This is a national disgrace," said Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans? emergency operations. "FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control," Ebbert said. "We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims but we can?t bail out the city of New Orleans."

"City official: 'National disgrace'
Meantime, Terry Ebbert, head of the city?s emergency operations, warned that the slow evacuation at the Superdome had become an "incredibly explosive situation," and he bitterly complained that FEMA was not offering enough help.

"This is a national emergency. This is a national disgrace," he said. "FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can?t bail out the city of New Orleans."

"We have got a mayor who has been pushing and asking but we?re not getting supplies," he said. He said the evacuation was almost entirely a Louisiana operation. "This is not a FEMA operation. I haven?t seen a single FEMA guy."

"Mayor Ray Nagin, in issuing his dire plea in a statement to CNN, said: "Right now we are out of resources at the convention center and don?t anticipate enough buses. Currently the convention center is unsanitary and unsafe and we are running out of supplies for 15,000 to 25,000 people"

More highlights from article:

"An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.

"I don?t treat my dog like that," Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. "I buried my dog."

"We are out here like pure animals. We don?t have help," said the Rev. Isaac Clark, 68.

People there, some holding crying babies or elderly barely able to stand up, shouted for help as TV news crews passed by."

"Many people had dogs and they cannot take them on the bus. A police officer took one from a little boy, who cried until he vomited. "Snowball, snowball," he cried. The policeman told a reporter he didn?t know what would happen to the dog.

Other parts of the city saw similar desperation. "We need help," Polly Boudreaux, clerk of the St. Bernard Parish Council, told WAFB-TV in a phone interview in which she broke down crying.

"We're just been absolutely devastated," she said, and many residents still need to be rescued.

Little outside aid has reached the parish, she added. "We are not seeing it."

Doctors at two desperately crippled hospitals with 360 patients called The Associated Press pleading for rescue, saying they were nearly out of food and power and had been forced to move patients to higher floors to escape looters.

"We have been trying to call the mayor?s office, we have been trying to call the governor?s office. ... We have tried to use any inside pressure we can. We are turning to you. Please help us," said Dr. Norman McSwain, chief of trauma surgery at Charity Hospital.

"Hospitals are trying to evacuate," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesan, spokesman at the city emergency operations center. "At every one of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are shooting at them. There are people just taking potshots at police and at helicopters, telling them, "You better come get my family."

Police Capt. Ernie Demmo said a National Guard military policeman was shot in the leg as the two scuffled for the MP?s rifle. The man was arrested.

"These are good people. These are just scared people," Demmo said."

"Outside the convention center, the sidewalks were packed with people without food, water or medical care, and with no sign of law enforcement. Thousands of storm refugees had been assembling outside for days, waiting for buses that did not come.

At least seven bodies were scattered outside, and hungry people broke through the steel doors to a food service entrance and began pushing out pallets of water and juice and whatever else they could find"

One of the only good things I read in the article and deserves some notion:

President Bush asked congressional leaders on Thursday for an initial $10.5 billion to step up disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, a government official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has yet to be made, said the $10.5 billion would cover disaster relief costs for just the "next few weeks."

Bush made the request by phone to congressional leaders. He will submit additional funding requests as disaster assessments are complete, the official said."

Taken from: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9156612/

I also read an article earlier stating that the US is not accepting help. That was total bullshit.

Read: "Rice: U.S. will accept assistance that ?can help alleviate the suffering?"

Article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9161198/

With that information on the table do you believe this situation is being handled properly?

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