KATRINA COCKUPS — bumped 9/12/05

(I’m updating as I go…latest 9/14/05/1pm)

“What didn’t go right?”
George W. Bush

Lists of bungles at local and higher levels, continually updated. I am particularly interested in any first hand accounts at this point.

FEMA Bungling

Started over at Shakespeare’s sister and expanded:

Mobile Hospital Now Tending Miss. Patients (Herald Tribune)
They lied to us to get us to move (Guardian Unlimited)
Hurricane Katrina – Our Experiences (EMS Network Org)
Emergency Aid Authorized For Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response In Louisiana (FEMA, dated 8/27/05, in response to LA Governor’s request of the previous day)
FEMA Wants No Photos of Dead (LA Times)
Right City, Wrong State (CNN)
Frustrated: Fire crews to hand out fliers for FEMA (Salt Lake Tribune)
FEMA Chief Sent Help Only After Storm Hit (1010 Wins/AP)
Why FEMA Failed (Salon)
Federal agency ‘slow’ to accept business help (Financial Times)
Why FEMA turned away help (DailyKos)
After Failures, Government Officials Play Blame Game (NY Times)
Homeland Security won’t let Red Cross deliver food (Post Gazette)
Disaster touches area residents (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers)
Navy ship nearby underused (Chicago Tribune)
“One of the Worst Abandonments of Americans on American Soil Ever” (ThinkProgress)
First Responders Urged Not To Respond To Hurricane Impact Areas Unless Dispatched By State, Local Authorities (FEMA)

Cockups Higher Up? Elsewhere?

Power crews diverted
Restoring pipeline came first
(Hattiesburg American)
Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows (Washington Bureau)
Rescuer recounts panicked attempt to flee [nursing] home (USA Today)
Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home (ABC News)
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy (NY Times)
How Bush Blew It (Newsweek)
Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts (CNN)
Living Too Much in the Bubble? (Time Magazine)
Let Slip the Mercenaries to Our Shores (Dark Wraith)
Iraq hurt Katrina response, general says (CNN)
Sealing Them In (Hullaboo)
Infectious Disease Research in and Around New Orleans (The Memory Hole)
Exposed by Katrina, FEMA’s flaws were years in making (USA Today)
Katrina victims to lose debit cards (news.com.au)
FEMA director faces his own storm of controversy (USA Today)
How Reliable Is Brown’s Resume? (Time)
Leaders Lacking Disaster Experience (Washington Post)
Hurricane Pam (Global Security Org)
The Hidden Horrors of Mississippi (A Night Light)
FEMA packed with W’s pals (Daily News)
Is General Myers a liar or an idiot? (America Blog)
Navy Pilots Who Rescued Victims Are Reprimanded (NY Times)
Offers of Aid Immediate, but U.S. Approval Delayed for Days (Washington Post)
One World (Pesky Apostrophe)

And on this one, note very carefully the date on this article which clearly indicates the military was preparing for a complete disaster along the Gulf Coast. It looks to me like they were waiting on coordination with FEMA…

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