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!!!!