9/08/2005

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
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/84aa35cc-1da8-11da-b40b-00000e..

FEMA turns away experienced firefighters
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/5/105538/7048

FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspec..

FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspec..

FEMA won't let Red Cross deliver food
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05246/565143.stm

FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15147862&BRD=...

FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/3/171718/0826

FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0509..

FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050902dale..

FEMA turns away generators
http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/WWLBLOG.ac3fcea.html

FEMA: "First Responders Urged Not To Respond"
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18470

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

2 Comments:

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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