Just to get the sequence of events correct and to find out who is responsible I did a little reading.
The local and state governments are responsible for protecting their populace. If the federal government is invited it may assist as necessary. I know it has become cloudy over the years but there is a definite separation of powers in our constitution..
FEMAs response was lousy and President Bush should have pushed Governor Blanco hard but read the following sequence of events. Let me know what you think.
Two days before the Katrina made landfall on the gulf coast President Bush declares a national emergency. That declaration allows federal agencies preposition supplies and personnel.
From Mayor Nagin's office;
III. EVACUATION ORDER
As established by the City of New Orleans Charter, the government has jurisdiction and responsibility in disaster response. City government shall coordinate its efforts through the Office of Emergency Preparedness
The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane.
B. Issuance of Evacuation Orders
The person responsible for recognition of hurricane related preparation needs and for the issuance of an evacuation order is the Mayor of the City of New Orleans. Concerning preparation needs and the issuance of an evacuation order, The Office of Emergency Preparedness should keep the Mayor advised.
Katrina made landfall on the 29th.
Why September 1st? Governor Blanco's office;
Why September 2nd? Release for medical aid workers
Governor Blanco's office
And she still can't get off her arse Washington Times
Beyond Katrina and government ineptitude. I am shocked how many people think it's acceptable to steal nonfood items. Being poor is no excuse for shitty behavior, no matter what we learned in psyc 101 class.