Katrina redux and the Katherine Babineaux Blanco Story

Tuesday, December 06, 2005
How many of you all knew that Karl Rove was behind the federal response to Katrina? At least one of the idiots who works in the Governor's office (not the Governor who is an idiot in her own right) does. NPR unleased a hatchet piece on the Bush administration's response to Katrina in much the same tone as all of their stories: dwelling on the shortcomings of the federal response while down-playing the criminality and incompetence of the Blanco and Nagin administrations.

Interestingly one of my public health colleagues attended a presentation on the deployment of the Strategic National Stockpile packages (this is a whole push package of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to be used for mass casualties). I will quote his e-mail about the results of the feds trying to push this package to Lousiana based on comments made at a recent Washington State Department of Health Conference: "Katrina Report--(name redacted) provided some insight on the Katrina response after spending time there. He reported that 2 of the SNS push packages had been requested, one for Louisiana and one for Mississippi. The CDC was on track to have the packages delivered within 8 hours, but were asked to slow their response because the state (Lousiana--Mississippi did just fine) did not have the RSS (Receipt, Stage, and Store) sites ready. This was due to lack of personnel and lack of planning. Because communication links were destroyed, staff could not be contacted to assemble. Louisiana had three different possible RSS sites, and the one chosen was a working food warehouse, which continued operation while the SNS package was delivered. The TARU team that accompanies the SNS shipments arrived at the RSS and was basically the only personnel there to receive, unload, and inventory the package. Accomplishing this in the middle of a working warehouse added significant confusion and delay to the process.

Once the supplies were ready, there were problems in delivery to PoD’s as well. In some cases, a request for supplies would come in, and the truck would be loaded, only to find that when they attempted to deliver, the requestor had left the site, and no one else was willing to sign for the delivery. It would have to be reloaded on the truck, and was then in the way when other material on the truck was off-loaded at subsequent delivery sites.

The predominant materiel needed from the SNS package included Hep A/B and tetanus vaccinations and IV’s for dehydrated patients. Vendor Managed Inventory was also problematic, as contracted vendors were unwilling or unable to send personnel or equipment into the affected areas.

Security of SNS shipments did not seem to be a significant problem, in spite of media reports. Only in one instance did a crowd begin climbing onto a truck making a delivery, and the crowd had no knowledge of what was inside. They responded to verbal orders to get off the truck, and the delivery was made without further problems."

OK--so THIS is the news that will never get out--we have the rajun'cajuns complaining about Rove,seemingy taking their talking points from Democratic Underground or Kos--Yet, the States who accepted CDC money for homeland security were required to have these distribution sites identified and arranged for August 30, 2005 including the STATE reqirement to accept the SNS package and push it to the delivery points. And yes, here in Grant County,Washington, our three sites are the Royal City High School Gymnasium; the Ephrata High School commons, and the Big Bend Community College Gym--

In short, a whole lot of states got it done--Louisiana, of course did not--and KARL ROVE is responsible--The whole state and city administrations of Louisiana and New Orleans should be tried for negligent homicide--aided and abetted by the clueless idiots at NPR who perpetuate the myth that emergency response is a federal responsibility. AAAAARGHHHHHHH!!!!

12 comments:

Knucklehead said...

Jim Miller On Politics has more on Blanco and her staff.

Skookumchuk said...

Yet, the States who accepted CDC money for homeland security were required to have these distribution sites identified and arranged for August 30, 2005 including the STATE reqirement to accept the SNS package and push it to the delivery points.

Yup.

Barry Dauphin said...

And this is exactly the kind of piece we would want on a YARGB wiki, as it connects disparate pieces of information and can be built upon.

David Thomson said...

“...seemingy taking their talking points from Democratic Underground or Kos”

The MSM is now mostly under the control of those adhering to the Daily Kos version of reality. So-called mainstream journalism is now only about one step to the right of the Nation magazine. Hating George W. Bush and the Republican Party is a nonnegotiable requirement if one wishes to earn a decent living in this profession.

RogerA said...

You know, David--I never had a problem with The Nation--at least it never tried to hide its colors. Too bad today's democrats dont share its honesty.

truepeers said...

Hating George BUsh is one MSM requirement. A willingness to spit out the myth du jour is another, and perhaps more fundamental: in other words, serious research and explanations take time and money and are not economic (in the short-term short-sighted view) compared to all-scandal, all-the-time 24/7 "newsytainment".

We have the same problem in the blogosphere. It is great to see a post like this. BUt most of what we write is still the more heated part of a war of rhetoric. Our rhetoric is much better than the MSM's and rhetoric is important, essential to our political struggle. But how much time and energy are we willing to sacrifice to serious research and communication when the MSM with all its bucks has mostly given this up for more pressing concerns? How do we commit ourselve again to longer-term realities? Sign up more insiders like RogerA?

Knucklehead said...

TP,

But how much time and energy are we willing to sacrifice to serious research and communication when the MSM with all its bucks has mostly given this up for more pressing concerns? How do we commit ourselve again to longer-term realities?

I suspect some here at Flares may take a crack at finding out if more "serious research and communication" is possible through the blog format. It will take time to test.

Oddly, the MSM's money might be it's biggest problem. Most blogs have no revenue stream to protect so we can experiment. Our egos might be subject to bruising, but few careers are at stake.

We can, therefore we may ;)

terrye said...

Blanco apparently had no concept of what "unified command" meant either.

Blaming Rove tells us the guy is a paranoid idiot. enough said about him.

RogerA said...

For what it is worth, Skook also spent valuable time on the ground in LA managing logistics--I can probably put my hands on other insider "report backs" and will gladly take that as a task. Knuck's post on the Jim Miller link also talks about the politics--clearly the true story of Katrina has yet to be told.

Knucklehead said...

The legal system, civil and criminal, will slowly but surely tell some of the story. See New Orleans Katrina Lawsuits, FindLaw's post, or NPR's report.

Skookumchuk said...

Then there is stuff like this.

Skookumchuk said...

Sorry, like this.