From an article by Craig Martelle of the Pittsburgh post-gazette.com comes this eye-opening review of the New Orleans emergency management plan and how it broke down long before the federal government became involved.
The key to emergency management starts at the local level and expands to the state level. I urge you to read the entire article, but in short, it stresses that it is the office of the Mayor, Ray Nagin, who must coordinate all city departments and allied state and federal agencies which respond to citywide disasters and emergencies through the development and constant updating of an integrated multi-hazard plan.
Yet, this AP photo from 9/1/05 shows a school bus park, apparently filled to capacity with buses, under 4 feet of water. Ask yourself, why if a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was ordered, why weren't all the taxpayer-purchased buses used to evacuate the citizens who had no means to get out?
Mayor Nagin was quick to blame everyone but his own office, but the details of his utter incompetence will be made known to the world.
Mayor Nagin, you sir, are no Mayor Rudy Guiliani!
Tomorrow, Governor Blanco...