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Why Isn't the Red Cross in NOLA?

Mark Kleiman has the answer.

Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
I hope though that all that money, etc. that everyone is donating to the Red Cross is somehow getting in - though there have been allegations that that organization is not as good as it used to be in this regard.
9.7.2005 11:53am
Juan Non-Volokh (mail) (www):
Bruce raises a valid concern. I would remind readers that NOLA is hardly the only spot devastatedby Katrina. The eye of the storm hit the Missippi gulf coast to devastating effect. For all practical purposes, whole towns no longer exist. And, from what I've heard, the Red Cross is doing tremendous work in areas outside NOLA that were hit by the storm, and is assisting displaced people who fled NOLA.
9.7.2005 12:05pm
cathyf:
The Red Cross gives disaster victims food, water, shelter, clothing, medicines. New Orleans is under a mandatory evacuation order. The only people who are supposed to be in the city are the people who haven't been rescued yet and the people rescuing them. Once people are rescued and evacuated, then they aren't in New Orleans anymore. So the Red Cross (and Salvation Army, and Baptist Men, etc.) aren't in New Orleans because they are taking care of Katrina's victims where they are -- which is all over a huge area west, north and east of New Orleans.

cathy :-)
9.7.2005 12:34pm
cirby (mail):
Something that really, really needs to be hammered home is the difference between Federal "Homeland Security" and "Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness," which has no direct ties to the Federal agency. A number of the "FEMA screwed up" stories have really been "(Louisiana) Homeland Security screwed up."
9.7.2005 12:59pm
TC (mail):
cirby is exactly rights. Too many ill-informed journalists read "Homeland Security" and don't even realize that it is the Louisiana Homeland Security" that is doing this and not the federal Homeland Security.
9.7.2005 1:49pm
Jack S. (mail) (www):
It goes both ways. FEMA and federal government organizations have had their fair share of stymying local efforts as well.

From Jefferson parish

"Louisiana's Jefferson Parish is desperate for relief, but parish President Aaron Broussard says officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned back three trailer trucks of water, ordered the Coast Guard not to provide emergency diesel fuel and cut emergency power lines.

Why? FEMA has not explained. But the outraged Broussard said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the agency needs to bring in all its "force immediately, without red tape, without bureaucracy, act immediately with common sense and leadership, and save lives." "

And shortly afterwards from Slidell :
"Ben Morris, Slidell mayor: We are still hampered by some of the most stupid, idiotic regulations by FEMA. They have turned away generators, we've heard that they've gone around seizing equipment from our contractors. If they do so, they'd better be armed because I'll be damned if I'm going to let them deprive our citizens. I'm pissed off, and tired of this horse$#@@."

Both quotes lifted from WWLTV broadcasting locally from the region. Not from Washington, Chicago or NYC.
9.7.2005 2:31pm
Daniel Chapman (mail):
I've heard both of those repeated on national MSM and blogs, but no explaination there either. A statement from FEMA maybe? Which regulation prevented this? Which official gave the order?
9.7.2005 5:31pm
XX Fredrik Nyman (mail):
Question: why is it in any way remarkable that the government (municipal, state and federal) wants the only people in New Orleans to be, as cathyf mentions, 1) people to evacuate, and 2) those evacuating them?

Wanting to have people-needing-help somewhere located somewhere where it's easy to provide help (food, water, clothing and shelter) seems quite sensible to me.

Also, New Orleans must be a literal cesspool at the present; dumps, sewers, septic systems and whatnot were flooded, and there must surely also be a large number of human corpses and animal carcasses contaminating the floodwater, creating a substantial health risk.
9.8.2005 12:34am