Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hurricane Charley vs. Hurricane Katrina

Contrast The Bush administration's preparations for and response to Hurricane Charley, in the key electoral state of Florida two months before the 2004 election, to its preparations for and response to Hurricane Katrina.
"As part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to coordinate emergency response activities along with other federal departments and respective state agencies. Prior to Hurricane Charley's arrival, FEMA pre-positioned emergency response teams and disaster relief supplies throughout the southeast region in preparation for anticipated response operations with additional equipment and resources being deployed throughout the weekend from stockpiles nationwide.
Folks, they only care about the country and the people when their own self-interest is involved too. Yes, local and state official share some of the blame. But they were laboring under federal cutbacks, as well as increased responsibility for services dumped on them by the federal government.

More from Sisyphus Shrugged.

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