The speed with which the federal government marshaled significant military and other resources to evacuate, rescue and care for victims of Hurricane Rita raises new questions about why Washington was so slow to respond to Hurricane Katrina less than four weeks earlier.And remember: Katrina was not about race, either. It was about local officials tying the hands of the Federal government. It's so easy for them to do that, you know.
The Bush administration says it's researching whether the federal government needs to have greater authority to respond to disasters - and whether the military should be in charge.
The response to Rita, however, suggests that the government had plenty of authority to respond to Katrina and that what was lacking during Katrina was an understanding of when to use that authority.
"The atmosphere here is very, very different than it was in the days following Katrina," said John Pine, Louisiana State University Disaster Science and Management director. Pine was in Louisiana's emergency operations center in Baton Rouge on Sunday and said that nearly as many federal officials were present as those from state and local agencies.
A day after Katrina, "it was all on the shoulders of state and locals," Pine said. "There was a lot more staging of a lot more operations in place for the second storm. ... I think you see a huge difference."
Monday, September 26, 2005
I blame local officials?
What's interesting is, this is a news article, not an opinion piece:
Posted by Rmj at 11:32 AM