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The Facts of Katrina, Bush and Fema

George W. Bush was President when an estimated 1,836 people died during Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters  in U.S. history, that under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA quickly became one of the worst man made disasters in U.S. history.

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If you click on the link below, and read it, you’ll know most of the facts…

But not the history and the worst of the facts.

Katrina: What Happened When – FactCheck.org

www.factcheck.org/2005/09/katrina-what-happened-when/

Sep 16, 2005 – Friday, Aug 26 2005 – 3 Days Prior to Katrina’s Louisiana Landfall … of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath,” Associated Press, 3 Sept 2005. … Security and FEMA “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts… … 28 20051 Day Prior ….. “Bush signs $51.8 billion bill for hurricane relief,” Associated Press, 8 Sep …

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The National Weather Service had warned on August 28, 2005, the day before the storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast, that “most of the [Gulf Coast] area will be uninhabitable for weeks … perhaps longer.

Prior to the 9/11/01 terrorist attack, FEMA had reported directly to the president. After 9/11/01, President GEORGE W . BUSH … On November 25, 2002, signed DHS into law the Department of Homeland Security  merged into effect on  September 20, 2003.  And FEMA was placed under the hierarchy of the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)  for preparedness, response, and recovery.

Facts Katrina Bush and FEMA preparedness, response Aug 23, 2005 – Aug, 31, 2005.

The National Weather Service reported

And, the nation watched

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 Thursday, August 25, 2005

7 p.m.: The eye of Hurricane Katrina came ashore  in Florida, Falling trees killed  two people.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

3 a.m.: The storm’s center starts strengthening almost immediately as it touches the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico (See “Katrina’s Growth Echoed 1935’s “Storm of Century”).

5 a.m.: Katrina reintensifies into a hurricane. Its strongest winds are about 75 miles an hour (120 kilometers an hour),

11:30 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center reports that the hurricane is “rapidly strengthening” as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico’s very warm

During the day: Governors Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi Declare States of Emergency in their respective states.

The National Weather Service reported

And, the nation watched

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Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast?

 Under DHS, Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005.

FEMA’s division directors for preparedness, response, and recovery had left;

FEMA had 500 vacancies; and 8 of its 10 regional offices were headed by “acting” directors.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary  was Michael Chertoff  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA)  Director was Michael Brown.

Where was Commander in Chief, President GEORGE W . BUSH for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005?

During the month of Aug 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

The National Weather Service reported

The national public news media reported

And, the nation watched

2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FOUR STORM. The eye of the storm is about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

9:30 a.m.: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issues a mandatory evacuation order. Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city.

11 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina has mushroomed into one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic. The storm’s strongest winds are blowing at about 175 miles an hour (280 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FIVE STORM. The center of the storm is about 225 miles (360 kilometers) from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Late Sunday night: Thousands of New Orleans residents who are unable to leave town or have chosen not to leave seek shelter in the Louisiana Superdome.

On Sunday, August 28, 2005, The day before Katrina’s arrival Monday August 29, 2005. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

The National Weather Service reported

 The nation watched the TV coverage

 Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response?

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Monday August 29, 2005

When Katrina made landfall on Aug 29, 2005,  President George W. Bush had been on holiday at his ranch for 27 days, according to a tabulation kept by CBS News.

KATRINA AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005 preparedness, response.

The Public News Media Reported

With instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005 the nation watched the TV coverage in horror , the hurricane grew into a catastrophe, and Americans across the country were shocked by the television images they saw in Katrina’s immediate aftermath.  People stood on rooftops waving their arms and pleading for help as the flood waters inundated their communities.

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 As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

President George W. Bush’s aides decided they had to inform the president about it in stark terms.

One of his aides put together a video showing scenes of hurricane-ravaged communities and showed it to the president.

 AT THIS POINT, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DECIDED HE SHOULD CUT HIS VACATION SHORT AND RETURN HOME TWO DAYS EARLY

 TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

 PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, AFTER 29 DAYS AT HIS RANCH.

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Where were the most venerable Katrina Flood Victims?

AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005

Trapped in the Superdome: Refuge becomes a hellhole | The Seattle …

www.seattletimes.com/nation…/trapped-in-the-superdome-refuge-becomes-a-hellhole/

Sep 1, 2005 – Crack vials littered the restroom. Blood stains the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina’s arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

OR…where up to 20,000 people had taken shelter from Hurricane Katrina. … People were locked in the dome like prisoners,” he said.

Desperate folks in the Superdome appeared in heartbreaking TV interviews begging for aid in their time of need. Making matters worse was that 67 percent of New Orleans was African American and 30 percent of the residents were poor, creating the impression that the government was insensitive and neglectful of minorities and the less fortunate.

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PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, 2005 TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

Wednesday August 31, 2005 – 2 Days After

Morning Bush, still in Crawford, participates in a half-hour video conference on Katrina with Vice President Cheney (who is in Wyoming) and top aides.

Later, President George W. Bush  boards Air Force One

and flies over New Orleans on his way back to Washington.

Mayor: Katrina may have killed thousands,” Associated Press, 31 Aug 2005

Late Afternoon  – Bush, back at the White House, holds a cabinet meeting on Katrina and speaks for nine minutes in the Rose Garden to outline federal relief efforts. He says FEMA has moved 25 search and rescue teams into the area. As for those stranded at the Superdome, “Buses are on the way to take those people from New Orleans to Houston,” the President says.

—”President Outlines Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts,” The Rose Garden, 31 Aug 2005.

Thursday September 1, 2005 – 3 Days After

EveningIn a special report that is typical of the picture that television is conveying to the world, CNN Correspondent Adaora Udoji reports:

“Three days after Hurricane Katrina, and the situation is getting more desperate by the minute. Thousands are still stranded in misery.  . . . They are marching in search of food, water and relief. They’re surrounded by a crumbling city and dead bodies. Infants have no formula, the children no food, nothing for adults, no medical help. They’re burning with frustration, and sure they have been forgotten.”

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( FEMA)  Director  Michael Brown, in a live interview with CNN

Brown says FEMA officials were unaware for days that – besides the hurricane victims stranded in the Superdome – thousands more had taken refuge in the New Orleans Convention Center nearby. Speaking from Baton Rouge in a live interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn, he says:

Brown : And so, this — this catastrophic disaster continues to grow. I will tell you this, though. Every person in that Convention Center, we just learned about that today . And so, I have directed that we have all available resources to get to that Convention Center to make certain that they have the food and water, the medical care that they need…

Q: Sir, you aren’t telling me…

Brown : … and that we take care of those bodies that are there.  . . .

Q: Sir, you aren’t just telling me you just learned that the folks at the Convention Center didn’t have food and water until today, are you? You had no idea they were completely cut off?

Brown: Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today.

Paula Zahn Now, “Desperation in New Orleans; Interview With FEMA Director Mike Brown,”  Transcript, 1 Sept 2005.

Later, Brown will say he was wrong and that FEMA actually knew about the victims at the Convention Center 24 hours earlier but was unable to reach them until Thursday.

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Sep 1, 2005 National Guardsmen, accompanied by buses (475 total) and supply trucks, arrived at the Superdome on September 1. The buses were sent to pick up the evacuees from the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where more than 20,000 people had been crowded in similarly poor living conditions.

www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/…/superdome-haven-quicklybecomes-an-ordeal.html?…Sep 1, 2005 – Slow evacuation of Superdome begins for 20000 or more storm … stench, unbathed, exhausted and hungry; many liken shelter to a prison; … They had flocked to the arena seeking sanctuary from the winds and waters of Hurricane Katrina. … Some people had arrived with nothing more than what they were …

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Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act – Department of the …

https://www.doi.gov/…/Post_Katrina_Emergency_Management_Reform_Act_pdf.pdf

PUBLIC LAW 109–295—OCT. … Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 ….. ment of the PostKatrina Emergency Management Reform Act.

A post-Katrina law dictates that when an federal emergency is declared —

THE FEMA DIRECTOR REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT

 and not through the normal chain of command that puts the secretary of Homeland Security over FEMA.

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Hurricane Katrina: The Essential Time Line

news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0914_050914_katrina_timeline_2.html

2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 … Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city. … for Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief, and President George W. Bush signs the bill.

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Hurricane Katrina – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

www.history.com/topics/hurricane-katrina

Find out more about the history of Hurricane Katrina, including videos, interesting … Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf ... Officials, even including President George W. Bush, seemed unaware of just how …

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Hurricane Katrina Was the Beginning of the End for George W. Bush …

https://www.usnews.com/…/hurricane-katrina-was-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-geor…

Aug 28, 2015 – Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the former president’s reputation. And it still hasn’t recovered.

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Just saying the History of FEMA is really an  interesting read…

FEMA didn’t start off as FEMA—in fact, it has been reshuffled and reorganized more than perhaps any other key agency in recent US history.

A REALLY REALLY LONG HISTORY,  BUT SECRET? WELL, NOT SO MUCH

The Secret History of FEMA | WIRED

https://www.wired.com/story/the-secret-history-of-fema/

Sep 3, 2017 – A large FEMA trailer park is seen next to the University of New Orleans campus … agency finally ended up part of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. … The administration threw its weight behind a congressional effort to ….. By the end of President George H.W. Bush’s administration, FEMA was …

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This confusions and lack of focus all came home to roost in August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans.

The federal government’s response to the hurricane—combined with mistakes at the local and state government level—was an epic disaster in its own right.

 Hurricane Katrina triggered the strongest indictment of governmental incompetence of the 21st century.

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GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS PLANNING AND PROMPT COORDINATED RESPONSE TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA

GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS CONTINUED COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP FLIES TO DESPERATE PEOPLE IN NEED

NOT OVER THEM, HE LANDS, HE PUTS HIS BOOTS ON THE GROUND

HE REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE, HE PERSONALLY ASKS THEM IF THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND IF THEY ARE GETTING WHAT THEY NEED.

 

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