More Aid Rejection by Federal Government  

Frnds4Play 53M/63F
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9/5/2005 2:57 pm

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More Aid Rejection by Federal Government

Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, New Orleans, announces on Meet the Press that FEMA blocked life-saving aid to Jefferson Parish. FEMA prevented the delivery of three trailer trucks of water donated by Wal-Mart, forbade the Coast Guard from donating 1000 gallons of diesel fuel that happened to be on a Coast Guard vessel docked in Jefferson Parish, and cut all emergency communication lines out of the parish. The communication lines were repaired and put under armed guard.
The Red Cross issued the following FAQ as to why they were not in New Orleans:
Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
A team of volunteer firefighters with experience helping after hurricanes who also had special expertise with oil infrastructure and repairs arrives outside of New Orleans and is refused entry into the city by FEMA who will not let them in until "the National Guard has secured the city." When the teams asks if they should help out in other communities along the Gulf Coast impacted by the storm, they are told no, because their special expertise is needed in New Orleans. However, FEMA turns down any advice or help from them, and after waiting in a parking lot until Saturday, Sept 3, the expert team finally gives up and returns home to Houston.

rm_sc_ranger2 57M
1 post
9/5/2005 4:39 pm

I find this to be so reprehensible and against any LOGIC and common sense that I cannot help but think as to what other kind of idiots the Feds have hired into other positions that might require life/death decisions.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
9/6/2005 11:16 am

DAMMIT... hit something and wiped everything...

I don't believe it's just bureaucracy, it's also insitutionalized discrimination. I'll bet my... never mind, I'll just bet that if it was the white folks in upstate NY that got flooded out of their homes the response would have come so fast it would make the Statue of Liberty's head spin.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

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