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I guess one can look at this in either of 2 ways:
1.  All levels of government are doing the best they can under very difficult circumstances, or
2.  Our government--"of the people, by the people, and FOR the people"--has been trying for almost a decade to reduce its size to the point of disappearance, hoping to reduce taxes to the same point, and now the chickens have come home to roost.
Take your pick.

In a message dated 9/5/05 1:56:35 PM, spraguehope(--nospam--at) writes:

Our company has one engineer not accounted for in New Orleans.

26 August, Friday - FEMA MO Task Force 1 was activated the evening

27 August, Saturday - MO FT 1 light rescue team deployed

28 August, Sunday - Hurricane Katrina upgraded to Category 5

29 August, Monday - Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  Search & Rescue

30 August, Tuesday - FEMA TAC teams were notfied for activation.

31 August, Wednesday - Additional MO TF 1 resources deployed

I was in meetings with the Navy on 31 August and Army on 1 - 2 September and
did not deploy.

Black & Veatch deployed about 30 engineers for repair of the cell telephone
system last week.

Following is a report in the Kansas City Star about what is going on.  The
full article is at:

Harold Sprague

.........Dustin Rackers, 25, of Jefferson City, was riding in a military
truck with 15 rescued victims from a six-story apartment building. His job
was to take them to the New Orleans airport. Most of these victims were in
wheelchairs. FEMA told him to drop the victims there because medical workers
were treating victims at the airport.

But when Rackers’ team pulled into the airport, a local law officer pointed
a gun at him and told him to go away. We’re full, he told Rackers. Take them
to the freeway.

“I could not drop those people along Interstate 10 … I couldn’t do it,” he

So Rackers drives to the sprawling Saints facility, to temporarily leave the
victims at the Missouri team’s base camp. Again he is stopped. Several
deputies and polices officers point weapons at him. We don’t care, one
officer says, as Rackers tried to explain. Take them AWAY.

Rackers frantically calls FEMA, which again tells him to take the victims to
the airport.

At the airport, another weapon is pointed in his face. Except this time, “a
nurse was nearby and began yelling, ‘We want them, we want them,’ ”
Rackers said. All told, the victims had been in his truck for four hours as
he drove back and forth. .......

>From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)>
>Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: Is Everyone Present And Accounted For?
>Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 08:29:16 -0500 (CDT)
>Not much chatter about that Nine-Hundred-Pound Gorilla in the room:
>Hurricane Katrina.
>Undoubtedly some on this list were affected. Are you okay? Does anyone
>know any particulars about any individual affected?
>My daughter was incommunicado for several days. She lives in Mobile and
>decided to stay--much to her sorrow.
>The worst that happened, though, is that the clutch burned out in her car
>when she tried to evacuate to her mother's house in Birmingham, and she
>was stranded at a motel for a day or two--without power.

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