Mr. Brown

  1. Did anyone see Mr. Brown testify on the Hill today? What did you think? What did you think of his answers?

    Grannynurse
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   URO-RN
    He came off as arrogant and defiant. Don't care for the man.
  4. by   Mkue
    I think Brown made some very good points. I've always been a firm believer that individual states should take responsibility for their citizens...as we witnessed during "Rita" residents were told to leave by their state and local officials and were told "we will not be responsible for you". No matter how dysfunctional a state is doesn't excuse it from laying blame entirely on the govt.
    He said it was "not the role of the federal government" to evacuate citizens and accused critics of "Monday morning quarterbacking."
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washing...27-brown_x.htm

    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Former FEMA Chief Michael Brown testifies in Washington Tuesday says he tried to get Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to work together to have a full evacuation of the city, but the two argued and disagreed with the level of response needed.
    http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7000290983

    Also Tuesday, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass resigned after four turbulent weeks of police disorganization and desertions.
    http://www.cbc.ca/storyview/MSN/worl..._20050927.html
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Mr. Brown was sworn in. Here's the transcript of his testimony under oath:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/27/na...gewanted=print

    ...BUYER: I would like to ask some questions about the pre- landfall. So I'd like to know why did the president's federal emergency assistance declaration of August 27th not include the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines?
    BROWN: Under the law, the governor makes the request for the declaration and the governors of the states specify what areas, what counties they want included in that declaration.
    And, based upon the governor's request, that's the recommendation that we make to the president. So if a governor does not request a particular county or a particular parish, that's not included in the request.
    BUYER: All right.
    Orleans Parish is New Orleans. I was listening to my colleague, Mr. Jefferson's, questions about when they talked about, you know, they asked for this assistance for three days and then president responded the very next day, not the day that it was made -- the request -- but the governor of Louisiana actually excluded New Orleans from the president's federal emergency assistance declaration?
    BROWN: Again, Congressman, we looked at the request. The governors make the request by...
    BUYER: Let me ask this. Since you went through the exercise in Pam, was that not shocking to you that the governor would excluded New Orleans from the declaration?
    BROWN: Yes.
    BUYER: When that request came in excluding these three parishes, did you question it?
    BROWN: We questioned it. But I made the decision that we were going to go ahead and move assets in regardless because we have the ability to add those parishes...
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Governors letter to President Bush - http://www.gov.state.la.us/Disaster%...%20Request.pdf

    August 26th State of Emergency - http://www.gov.state.la.us/Press_Rel...ail.asp?id=976
    ..."Dear Mr. President:

    Under the provisions of Section 501 (a) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR 206.35, I request that you declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for the time period beginning August 26, 2005, and continuing. The affected areas are all the southeastern parishes including the New Orleans Metropolitan area and the mid state Interstate I-49 corridor and northern parishes along the I-20 corridor that are accepting the thousands of citizens evacuating from the areas expecting to be flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

    In response to the situation I have taken appropriate action under State law and directed the execution of the State Emergency Plan on August 26, 2005 in accordance with Section 501 (a) of the Stafford Act. A State of Emergency has been issued for the State in order to support the evacuations of the coastal areas in accordance with our State Evacuation Plan and the remainder of the state to support the State Special Needs and Sheltering Plan."...

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    ..."Statement of Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Regarding Congressional Testimony of former FEMA Director Mike Brown

    September 27, 2005

    "Mike Brown testified today, under oath, that I did not include Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes in my original disaster declaration request sent to the President on August 28. In fact, that request did include 14 parishes in southeast Louisiana, including Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines.

    "Mr. Brown further suggested that I did not order an evacuation of New Orleans until Sunday, Aug. 28. In fact, the evacuation was ordered on the morning of Saturday, August 27."...
    http://www.gov.state.la.us/Press_Rel...il.asp?id=1127
  7. by   Mkue
    BROWN: Many may be surprised to learn that, guess what, FEMA doesn't own fire trucks; we don't own ambulances; we don't own search and rescue equipment. In fact, the only search and rescue or emergency equipment that we own is a very small cadre to protect some property that we own around the country. FEMA is a coordinating agency. We are not a law enforcement agency.
    That's FEMA. It's not a first responder. It's a coordinator. It's an honest broker.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/27/na...JRAjqaoXjqeK+g
  8. by   grannynurse FNP student
    I really enjoyed his answer to the question as to where he had placed FEMAs prepositioned assets and his reasoning. To protect them from possible hurricane damage, he positioned them in Texas, North and South Carolina, South Dade County. He certainly protected them from damage. He did not explain how he was going to move them to the striken areas. His attempt to deflect blame is juvenile, at best and childish at worse.

    Grannynurse
  9. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    His attempt to deflect blame is juvenile, at best and childish at worse.
    I think his inaction was at best worthy of job loss, and at worst, criminal. Why is he still working there? And as a consultant, no less.

    What a world.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Sep 28, '05
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050927/...azkxBHNlYwN0bQ
    A combative Michael Brown blamed the Louisiana governor, the New Orleans mayor and even the Bush White House that appointed him for the dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in a fiery appearance Tuesday before Congress.

    Hired to investigate himself? - http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in886323.shtml
  11. by   Mkue
    The state of La. failed to evacuate it's citizens from New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit. We didn't see the exodus of ppl leaving as we saw with "Rita"

    Mass exodus of cars, buses..etc..before Hurricane Rita was to hit.

    What happend in La? New Orleans in particular..ppl didn't leave..flooding occured, looting..mass chaos..that's a State problem..IMO. We wouldn't be talking about "response" now if the State had done it's job to get ppl out of New Orleans and other cities.

    And to answer the question as to where would ppl go? After witnessing the mass exodus of vehicles and buses leaving Texas last week I would imagine they were going NORTH and getting the heck out of Dodge.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from Mkue
    I would imagine they were going NORTH and getting the heck out of Dodge.
    Dodge City Kansas has never experienced a hurricane. :chuckle
  13. by   dphrn
    Quote from Mkue
    We wouldn't be talking about "response" now if the State had done it's job to get ppl out of New Orleans and other cities.

    Exactly!!

    The Governor of Texas stated that they have had this mass evacuation plan in effect since 9/11 and apparently it was well executed and lead by the state officials. It is very sad that La does not have that type of quality leadership in place. Many want to sweep the responsibility of the Louisiana Governor and the New Orleans Mayor under the rug, which is not surprising.
  14. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from dphrn
    Exactly!!

    The Governor of Texas stated that they have had this mass evacuation plan in effect since 9/11 and apparently it was well executed and lead by the state officials. It is very sad that La does not have that type of quality leadership in place. Many want to sweep the responsibility of the Louisiana Governor and the New Orleans Mayor under the rug, which is not surprising.
    Somehow having people stuck in traffic, for more then 19 hours, and moving only a few miles is not exactly a well executed plan. And no one is attempting to sweep under the rug, the actions or lack of action, on the part of either the Governor and Mayor. And it should be pointed out that Louisiana ranks as one of the poorest states in this country, unlike Texas.

    Grannynurse

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