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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Primary Responsibility

The cycle has become familiar: first the nation gets blindsided with some scandal or calamity, then people start to ask questions then the noise-machine revs up, reassigning blame and responsibility with any but the administration.

As noted in Daily Kos, in case you've been hearing that it was the Governor and the Mayor that were responsible for coordinating the NO disaster relief, it would be wise to consult the Department of Homeland Security (which has subsumed FEMA) web site:

Emergencies & Disasters
Preparing America

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.

Not to say that the Mayor and the Governor did the best possible job, but they were not responsible for the relief effort
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