Speaking of news from "trusted" sources, I received the following list of what I'm starting to call "stupid FEMA tricks," complete with web links, and those links are all to establishment media sites, except for the one from FEMA's own site!

Just thought I'd pass these along without comment, and let readers draw their own conclusions.

FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations

FEMA turns away experienced firefighters

FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks

FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel

FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food

FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid

FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board

FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck

FEMA turns away generators

FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"

That last one is real -- not satire but straight from FEMA's website.


Blogger Smokey Behr said...

If you know anything about the feds, and any kind of emergency response to an incident, then you would know that they will turn away any resources not specifically orderen through the proper channels. One of the major problems on a large incident, such as the Katrina disaster, is people self-dispatching, and freelancing. There's no accountability, no chain of command, and no span of control. This leads to some major liability issues in case something goes wrong.

I have been an emergency responder for over 10 years, and I have been on standby for every major disaster that has come down the line. I'm STILL on standby for Katrina, although I doubt that I'll be going, since the military is already there.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Scott Bieser said...

No doubt you are correct, but this just demonstrates the unworkability of top-down, command-and-control systems.

It should not be so difficult, really, to pass some "good samaritan" legislation to deal with legal liability issues, and allow emergent-order systems to do work like this rather than what we have now.

1:38 PM  

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