by Kevin Caruso
January 30, 2006
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the Department of Interior offered to provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with helicopters, boats, heavy equipment, rooms, and experienced search and rescue personnel.
But, inexplicably, FEMA refused the accept the help, even though the assets were being offered by another government agency.
FEMA’s declination of the offer was not only inexcusable but highly consequential – clearly, many people suffered or died because of the refusal to accept the assets.
And what was offered to FEMA?
Take a look:
119 Heavy Vehicles
Experienced personnel trained in search and rescue
Emergency personnel trained in water rescue
Experienced personnel trained in emergency medical services
Emergency personnel trained in evacuation
Take another look at the list above and ask yourself what kind of government agency would refuse such assets in the immediate aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.
Answer: an agency that is completely clueless and cannot even use common sense in the midst of such a crisis.
The refusal of FEMA to immediately accept and utilize these assets is one more example of their incompetence.
FEMA is a disgrace.