I guess this is the president’s fault too

Oh hey, New Orleans did have an evacuation plan. It was available on the internet and everything. If Mayor Nagin had wanted to know what to do, he didn’t have to wait for fairy voices from above to tell him, he could have asked anyone to look it up on his own city’s website. One of the things it would have told him was to give an evacuation order 72 hours before landfall, not a day and a half. Oops. (Via Free Will Blog.)

8 Responses to “I guess this is the president’s fault too”

  1. The_Real_JeffS Says:

    One interesting part from that evacuation plan:

    Due to the geography of New Orleans and the varying scales of potential disasters and their resulting emergency evacuations, different plans are in place for small-scale evacuations and for citywide relocations of whole populations.

    Authority to issue evacuations of elements of the population is vested in the Mayor. By Executive Order, the chief elected official, the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, has the authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane.

    Evacuation procedures for special needs persons with either physical or mental handicaps, including registration of disabled persons, is covered in the SOP for Evacuation of Special Needs Persons.

    Major population relocations resulting from an approaching hurricane or similar anticipated disaster, caused the City of New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness to develop a specific Hurricane Emergency Evacuation Standard Operating Procedures, which are appended to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

    The SOP is developed to provide for an orderly and coordinated evacuation intended to minimize the hazardous effects of flooding, wind, and rain on the residents and visitors in New Orleans. The SOP provides for the evacuation of the public from danger areas and the designations of shelters for evacuees.

    This largely follows Federal guidelines for disaster planning. “Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan” is simply a compilation of all their emergency plans. I don’t see any evacuation plans posted at this web site….those SOPs would be interesting to read.

    These bubbas had a plan. They didn’t follow it

  2. andrea Says:

    I think the plan was “Shove Your Head Down Between Your Legs and Kiss Your Ass Goodbye.”

  3. The_Real_JeffS Says:

    Oh, that plan. Yeah, they followed it to the tiniest detail, no doubt about it.

  4. JannyMae Says:

    Well, I came across this little gem:

    Bush pressed for mandatory evacuation

    Now, my question is, “Would they have even bothered to order the evacuation, if Bush hadn’t made that call?”

  5. JannyMae Says:

    Sorry, I meant to post this paragraph from the above link:

    “Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.”

  6. Moira Says:

    Yesterday I switched on the tube and heard what I thought was a refugee complaining about the slow response, the thousands stranded, the poor organization, etc. I glanced up and was astonished to see this individual identified as Mayor Nagin. Apparently he should have been directed to the document JeffS posts, because for all the world it appears that he signed on to his current gig without the slightest awareness that the title “mayor” refers to the highest executive public office in a city.

    Oddly, many persons seem unfamiliar with the decentralized structure of our great republic. (I noted you gently instructing certain persons on this issue over at Tim’s, Andrea.) Sadly, two of those uninformed persons appear to be His Honor and Mme Governer. (You have to be a leader to call an evacuation in a timely fashion - because 9 times out of 10 the worst won’t happen and your reward for doing what is necessary will be to have every idiot in your city or state pissing and moaning for the rest of your term about how you put them to expense and inconvenience for “no good reason”. If that prospect makes you nervous, you should find another profession.)

  7. The_Real_JeffS Says:

    Moira, a pendantic correction — Andrea posted the link (from another site), I just copied some text from it. Credit where credit is due! ;-P

  8. joe.attaboy Says:

    Oh, then there’s the buses: