“What strikes me is the utter lack of coordination in the search and rescue,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told a panel of four front-line officials involved in the Katrina response. “Don’t you all talk to one another?”
Louisiana officials did virtually nothing to prepare to evacuate poor, sick or elderly people as required under a state emergency plan adopted months before Hurricane Katrina hit, according to newly released documents.
State Transportation and Development Secretary Johnny B. Bradberry told Senate investigators that he was assigned the task in April, months before the Aug. 29 storm. But his department had no buses or drivers to execute the mission.
“We have done nothing to fulfill this responsibility,” Bradberry said, according to a transcript of a Dec. 21 deposition obtained by The Washington Post. “We put no plans in place to do any of this.”
Plenty of blame to be shared by all. Isn’t that special?