Sunday, December 04, 2005

Mild Diss from Ridge on Chertoff, FEMA response.

That's what it reads like to me.

Ridge said his old department should name regional chiefs to work closely with governors, mayors and state homeland security officials in each section of the country to prevent the breakdowns that hampered Brown, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) and New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin before and after the storm.

Yep, I was reading on the DHS site and that was definitely the duty of the department. If there are any breakdowns anywhere in a major emergency it is the fault of DHS. When they created the Department they took on that responsibility.

Ridge unsuccessfully pushed for a regional structure before stepping down in February. White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend is scheduled to finish work later this month on a broad internal review ordered by President Bush of the government's flawed response.

Notice they picked a woman and a Clinton appointee to help them out of their mess.

"There just didn't seem to me to be any collaboration up front, any communication," he said. "You don't have to be a meteorologist to see a big red ball going to New Orleans to say, 'Oh, my God, this is going to be big.' Shouldn't you be over-prepared, rather than under-prepared?"

Ridge said that "even if they had employed the National Response Plan before the disaster, rather than after the disaster, you'd have found probably, you know, some gaps in the response."

Um, but maybe they would have bought some boats before hand and stocked them 50-60 miles inland instead of buying 10 rowboats for 10k in Texas afterwards to get into the flooded areas or whining that they couldn't get in when all the journalists were in tramping, or even floating around the flooded city.

Ridge Assesses Storm Response


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