Armando at Daily Kos copies the following from the Department of Homeland Security website. Normally, I don't do posts like this: that essentially copy another post on another site, but I feel like this is an important bit of information to have in as many places as possible, especially since some of our commenters in the last few days have seem intent on blaming the mayor and governor for the Katrina disaster. Here it is:
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.
To my conservative friends who don't want to admit that their government does anythig wrong: it's time to give up. There's too much evidence, even for you. The Bush admin fucked it up, dropped the ball, and people died. We need a competent government. I look forward to getting one in '06 and '08.