Wednesday, September 07, 2005


For anyone looking back on last week's disaster, here's a recap of what happened -- day-by-day from Friday, Aug. 26. FYI, that's the day the Louisiana governor declared a state of emergency.

Not being from Louisiana, we're sure there's a perfectly good reason why some Louisiana parishes weren't listed by the White House when President Bush declared an emergency on Saturday, Aug. 27. We've heard a lot on the news about Orleans and Jefferson parishes, but we don't see them listed by the White House:
The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, Catahoula, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn.
Meanwhile, storm survivors trying to access the FEMA site found it almost impossible if they used a Mac or a computer running a Linux-flavored operating system -- unless they install a "User Agent Switcher" extension. When it comes to screwing up, FEMA is in a class by itself.

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