Federal Government Preparedness for Hurricane Gustav

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 31, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    It would appear that Hurricane Katrina was a harsh lesson learned regarding the Federal Governments proactive efforts before a major hurricane hits, not to mention reactive efforts, as it seems that they are really on top of things this time around as Hurricane Gustav swirls toward the gulf coast.

    That being said, it should be interesting to see if President Bush gets any praise for this at all. It seems that the finger pointing goes into overdrive when things go bad, but rarely praise is given when things go right.
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    Aug 31, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Well, with the Bush administration, it seems things rarely go right

    Actually, I don't think Bush has been held fully accountable for his miserable record in Iraq, Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, the national debt, our environment. . . he's getting off lucky
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 31, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    I know, everything is HIS fault! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 31, 2008 7:37 PM GMT
    Hey, the hurricane hasnt hit yet. ...Let's wait and see.

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    Aug 31, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Well, not EVERYTHING is his fault. Just the following. . .

    Ignoring repeated warnings for MONTHS from his top National Security advisors that a terrorist attack on the U.S. was IMMINENT (including the possibility of planes flying into the World Trade Center). That's his fault. . .

    Offering a slow, feeble and still ineffective response re: Osama bin Laden. That's his fault. . .

    His grim determination to drag us into a completely unnecessary war in Iraq. . . (incidentally, he and his neo-con minions made that decision PRIOR to the attacks on the WTC. . . check out "Newsweek" articles, other publications from the period). . . that's his fault. . .

    His endless lies to tie Saddam Hussein to 9-11 to justify the war. . . even though he was repeatedly told by members in his own administration that there was no connection. . . but he kept lying anyway. . . that's his fault. . .

    Conjuring up bogus "intelligence" to justify the war. . . (an act of treason, by the way). . . the result, 4,000 dead Americans, tens of thousands maimed and crippled for life. Their blood is on his soft little hands. That's his fault. . .

    The ultimate expenditure for our worthless misadventure in Iraq is estimated (according to a Columbia University study) to be over $2 TRILLION DOLLARS !!! For $2 trillion we could've bought total energy independence and re-built our crumbling infrastructure. . . with probably money left over. Among the dozens of benefits from this: A MASSIVE and POSITIVE impact on our environment, economy and employment. . . (imagine, a healthier economy, millions of new jobs and a sensible energy policy that relied on home-grown renewables). . . so yes, that's his fault too. . .

    His lack of ability to bring the war he has nurtured for seven years to a decent conclusion. . . and leaving this grim, miserable and problematical task to his successor. . . that's his fault. . .

    His UNBELIEVABLE lack of response to Hurricane Katrina. . . then pretending for weeks afterwards that everything there was going just swell. . . all of which multiplied the pain, misery, destruction and DEATH during that horrific disaster. That's his fault. . .

    His insistence on appointing unqualified hacks to run critical federal agencies (like FEMA, see above). . . or Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, an incompetent. . . or Ashcroft, the Attorney General, who spent tax money draping a statue of Lady Liberty in the Justice Building because her breast was exposed--it was a STATUE!!--yet initially considered terrorism a minor issue and did not take heed of the Clinton adminstration's dire warnings about Osama bin Laden. . . yeah, that's all his fault. . .

    His amazing ability to add another $2 trillion to our national debt. . . between him and his father (another incompetent), they've added more to our national debt than all other presidents combined. . . that's his fault. . .

    Consistently using his office to benefit the wealthiest 1% of the country while throwing crumbs to the other 99%. . . that's his fault...

    His complete refusal to learn the facts he needed to know to govern our country. . . his mind-boggling incuriosity and utter contempt for briefings, written analysis, expert opinion or ANYTHING that might assist him in responsibly serving his country. . . that's his fault...

    So, no. . . I guess not EVERYTHING is his fault. Just what's written above, for starters. Isn't that enough to conclude that he's a disgrace?








  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 01, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    Fortunately, what you stated is largely untrue
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    Hey, I can't stand the man, but I gave him props in another thread for this very reason. Unfortunately, it's hard to overcome the mounds of terrible things to only a few good ones.
  • MuslDrew

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    Sep 01, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    when the negatives outweigh the positives, it's difficult to praise with enthusiasm. human nature i guess
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidFortunately, what you stated is largely untrue


    Perhaps on your planet. Here on Earth, everything LittleDude said was not only true, but probably understated the case.

    Here's a fact (your denial is already stipulated):

    Katrina was viewed by Rove and Bush as a way of emptying out a primarily Democratic-voting city and turning purple Lousiana a brilliant shade of red.
    This is precisely what occurred, and it is no accident.

    That they viewed the lives and neighborhoods of actual people as expendable towards their goal is sickening to anyone with any kind of conscience.

    Now that New Orleans is 1/3 of its pre-Katrina population, and the poor and Democratic-voting who resettled elsewhere haven't the money or the inclination to return (for one thing, there are few jobs), why, now we can positively ooze with concern and make sure FEMA does a good job this time.

    And you think he should be PRAISED? He should be kicked, repeatedly, by everyone who lost a home or a loved one.

    Naturally, you'd find these people expendable too, so I already know what you'll say to this (hint: it'll involve the word "drama", which is Republican for "oh my, you're getting way too close fo the truth.")
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 01, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    No, I just think you're idiot if you even remotely believe what you just typed. You can blame Bush all you want for the people who lost their lives and homes in Katrina but it will never change the very real fact that Katrina was an act of God, NOT Bush.
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    CuriousJockAZ saidNo, I just think you're idiot if you even remotely believe what you just typed. You can blame Bush all you want for the people who lost their lives and homes in Katrina but it will never change the very real fact that Katrina was an act of God, NOT Bush.


    Well, you've effectively called me an idiot before this, so I guess I can live with the assessment.

    This is the usual straw man. I didn't say they CAUSED Katrina, but they saw an opportunity and took it. Despicably. And you defend it. Despic--

    Nah, I won't say that about you. I'll just let you call me an idiot again.
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidan act of God

    Did you just say that? icon_eek.gif So what was God's intention? Or was it so divine you don't know?
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    I think he means acts of nature, etc... I don't think he meant it in a religious sense. He is stating that people blame bush for Katrina as if he caused Katrina to happen. At least that's what I got.icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidFortunately, what you stated is largely untrue

    Please point out the untruth of his points.
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    Sep 01, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    Ah, ok. Well... I don't believe people blame W for conjuring up the weather - that would make him a god and he's far from that. But I do believe a large number of people blame him for the lack of response after Katrina, which continues to haunt many people in Louisiana as the current state is still unnerving.

    And I believe most people now just look at him as he addresses Gustav, as trying to make amends. Probably why there hasn't been a large amount of praise. Maybe a feeling of, "a day late and a dollar short?"
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    Sep 01, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidIt would appear that Hurricane Katrina was a harsh lesson learned regarding the Federal Governments proactive efforts before a major hurricane hits, not to mention reactive efforts, as it seems that they are really on top of things this time around as Hurricane Gustav swirls toward the gulf coast.

    That being said, it should be interesting to see if President Bush gets any praise for this at all. It seems that the finger pointing goes into overdrive when things go bad, but rarely praise is given when things go right.


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    Sep 01, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    I would like to praise all the people doing the real work to protect us and keep us informed in national matters. I heard the Corp of Engineers did a lot of work to shore up the levees, add water flow gates, and make sure that water can be diverted away from the city with a complex drainage system and huge pumping facilities to divert water to Lake Pontchartrain.. we will see if it will hold up, but it sounded impressive anyway. BTW, I know there has been criticism whether enough has been done, but I don't know how true that is, or if it is the Corp or Engineers fault, but I think that it is a worthwhile agency.

    http://www.usace.army.mil/

    Secondly, I want to praise one of the best national assets and use of tax money we have which would be NOAA

    http://www.noaa.gov/

    They work day and night to alert us of impending danger and climate issues. The website is unsurpassed in climate and environmental information for travel planting, agriculture, fishing, daily life and leisure activities, preparedness information, education and more. Really. Go to the website and look around. Get your weather forecasts 24/7.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 01, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI

    That being said, it should be interesting to see if President Bush gets any praise for this at all. It seems that the finger pointing goes into overdrive when things go bad, but rarely praise is given when things go right.



    What the hell for.? The efforts were a disaster the first time.. now that a rerun is in progress do we give those lackeys responsible for FEMA
    heaping praise for doing their job?

    In reality, we should be appreciative for the help Bush or any president (and those of his or her administration) may provide. Its just a little hard when they flunked the first time.
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    Sep 01, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidWell, not EVERYTHING is his fault. Just the following. . .

    Ignoring repeated warnings for MONTHS from his top National Security advisors that a terrorist attack on the U.S. was IMMINENT (including the possibility of planes flying into the World Trade Center). That's his fault. . .


    So, no. . . I guess not EVERYTHING is his fault. Just what's written above, for starters. Isn't that enough to conclude that he's a disgrace?




    Excellent response littledude... It's high time the American people realize and accept the colossal failure of this administration so we can get down to the proactive work of making sure this shit never ever happens again and that no one so incompetent is ever allowed to unlawfully occupy the Oval Office again.
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    Sep 01, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    With that being said I would like to point out the incredible job being done by Governor Jindahl and the great people in public service in the state of Louisiana.

    http://emergency.louisiana.gov/Releases/083108JindalUpdate.html


    Governor Jindal added that all 64 parishes in the state have now declared a state of emergency. In addition to yesterday's parish evacuations, Lafayette has issued a voluntary evacuation order today, Acadia reports that 1/3 of their population has evacuated, Jefferson Parish reports that they are 80 to 90 percent evacuated, and the National Guard has assisted 4,500 residents out of Jefferson Parish.

    More than 14,930 residents have been evacuated out of New Orleans, the Houma area reported that they have evacuated all their nursing homes and homebound residents, and with FEMA assistance, 2 trains of more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from New Orleans. FEMA has also coordinated 22 flights of more than 2,240 people to shelters in six other states to assist in evacuation efforts.

    The Governor said he spoke to President Bush this morning and that he agreed to activate Title 32, which activates federal funding for National Guard units in other states, instead of just relying on federal reimbursement. The Governor said he has also spoken to Senator McCain, Senator Biden, and Senator Obama, who called for updates on the storm. Additionally, the Governor spoke to Secretary Chertoff, FEMA Administrator David Paulison, and Commander of the US Northern Command Gen. Victor Renuart today on the state's federal assistance needs. Governor Jindal said he requested six to seven more DMAT teams to assist in medical special needs evacuation, and that the President also said he would provide aircraft support in the evacuation efforts to continue every 30 minutes.

    Governor Jindal said he also spoke to Texas Governor Rick Perry earlier this morning to thank him for their state's support by sending six C-130s needed to evacuate special needs patients from Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, in addition to his conversations with the Governors of Mississippi and Alabama. The Governor said Alabama has offered to shelter 10,000 more people in general shelter facilities.

    SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the state is working with several states to identify shelters for medical special needs individuals, including 53,000 critical needs slot in eight states (more than 7,000 of which have already been filled – and the state continues to fill them at this time), including:

    * AL – 10K capacity
    * AR – 4K capacity
    * MO – 5K capacity
    * TX – 10K capacity
    * TN – 6K capacity
    * GA – 10K capacity
    * OK – 4K capacity
    * KY – 4K capacity

    Currently, 84 out of 115 nursing homes have evacuated in Louisiana (27 with state assistance), and 27 hospitals have had full or partial evacuations. The state is continuing to move special needs patients out of Lafourche Airport, Thibodaux Regional Airport, and Patterson Airport. Federal support flights are assisting in medical evacuations by taking patients to out-of-state locations, including Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Albuquerque. Texas is helping to take patients to a medical shelter in Austin and Mississippi has also provided a C-17 aircraft to assist the operation.

    Governor Jindal strongly encouraged those nursing homes in non-mandatory evacuation parishes to evacuate out of harm's way.

    NATIONAL GUARD UPDATE:
    The National Guard is fully mobilized, including over 7000 Louisiana Guardsmen. Guard Security forces have been deployed across coastal LA to secure communities evacuating:

    * 1750 in New Orleans
    * 230 in Jefferson Parish
    * 42 in St Bernard
    * 122 in Plaqumines
    * 339 in St Tammany

    More than 2,000 Guard security/support forces have deployed to South Central and Southwest LA. 500 guardsmen are assisting New Orleans in support of the city's citizen evacuation plan (including more than 400 bus drivers & over 100 guardsmen are assisting the city with movement control of citizens and evacuation busses).

    There are 1,800 additional troops from other states en route, and the Guard is expecting 16,000 additional troops to arrive in next 24-48 hours. The Guard has requested support for their security operations through the EMAC (over 1500 guardsmen):

    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from KY – over 500 guardsmen
    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from TN – over 500 guardsmen
    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from MO – over 500 guardsmen

    Guard aviation EMAC requests from 12 states will arrive prior to landfall (total of 26 aircraft) :

    * AR – 1 Aviation Battalion Headquarters – 40 guardsmen
    * IA – 1 helo
    * PA – 2 helo
    * MD – 1 helo
    * IL – 3 helo
    * OH – 1 helo
    * KY – 8 helos
    * GA – 1 plane
    * MS – 5 helos
    * IN – 1 plane
    * FL – 1 plane
    * TX – 1 plane

    Aviation EMAC requests from 3 states will arrive post landfall (total of 12 aircraft):

    * NY – 3 helos
    * NE – 5 helos
    * CO – 4 helos

    Guard has also made EMAC requests for 88 additional guardsmen:

    * TN – satellite communications unit – 35 guardsmen
    * TN – special communications team – 10 guardsmen
    * WV – special communications team – 4 guardsmen
    * TN – logistics distribution team – 28 guardsmen
    * Various states – Public Affairs Team – 11 guardsmen

    The Guard is currently positioning evacuation helicopters in LaFourche, Morgan City, New Iberia, and St James to conduct emergency medical evacuations as needed to assist parishes. Additionally, nine LANG teams (190 guardsmen) are supporting Contra Flow missions in coordination with the Louisiana State Police in Souteast, Southwest and South Central LA.

    CONTRA-FLOW UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the Louisiana State Police is continuing contraflow operations in both southeast and southwest Louisiana at this time. Their operations began shortly after 4:00 AM this morning and at this time they expect to be done before midnight.

    State Police, in conjunction with officials in Mississippi, are continuously monitoring the contraflow operation in both states and making minor adjustments as necessary to continue uninterrupted traffic flow on all major highways. As of the Governor's briefing, they had stopped contraflow on I-49 because the traffic was light.

    SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORT UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the Department of Wildlife has filed an EMAC request for 200 additional officers to support their mission, an increase over the 200 requested yesterday to assist in search and rescue operations. The Department is working with FEMA to expedite this request the units are moved quickly. Additionally, 100 swiftwater units are set to come in from Los Angeles County, CA; and TX sent 52 search and rescue team members here this morning.

    Department of Corrections UPDATE:
    Governor Jindal said the Department of Corrections have evacuated a total of 8,146 inmates by relocating them to state correctional facilities across the state and parish prisons further north. The Department is supporting local law enforcement in coastal Louisiana by providing space for post-evacuation and post-storm arrestees.

    Governor Jindal closed by encouraging all media and residents to visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov for most updated information on storm.


    A huge KUDOS to the Governor and his people for their leadership in preparing for this storm... Funny how McCain passed over the one Republican that seems to have any sense of leadership, Bobby Jindal, and instead appointed some unqualified republican hack from no man's land Alaska.
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    Caslon6000 saidHey, the hurricane hasnt hit yet. ...Let's wait and see.



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    Sep 01, 2008 9:29 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said

    That being said, it should be interesting to see if President Bush gets any praise for this at all. It seems that the finger pointing goes into overdrive when things go bad, but rarely praise is given when things go right.


    Life is like that in general.

    Mr. Bush may get good marks for his action and reaction after this weather event, but he's still the worst president of my lifetime (1967). You cannot change recent history to make it appear that he was a good President.

    I would also like to add to LittleDudeWithMuscles's list that the US now tortures people too. Gee, aren't we better than the radical Muslims? What was torture and illegal in WWII is now apparently ok according to the Bush administration. Oh yeah, I forgot, torture is not called torture, torture is now called enhanced interrogation techniques. I find that and the whole lot of them from Bush on down, DISGUSTING.
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    Sep 01, 2008 12:34 PM GMT
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    I find that and the whole lot of them from Bush on down, DISGUSTING.




    Now...... Bush flew to Texas to oversee the efforts and he announced and encouraged people in New Orleans to leave... saying that there was a good chance of high winds, heavy rains and flooding.

    I"m so glad to know that, I didn't before.
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    Sep 02, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    In Canada, we always get detailed news reports about U.S. hurricanes, hopefully the U.S. also hears about the tragic melting of our arctic ice. Loss of arctic ice will inevitably lead to more severe weather.

    Politics aside, I would have to commend all those with preparation efforts. It appears to have been well organized. Thankfully,the storm was downgraded upon landfall.
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    Sep 02, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    YngHungSFSD saidWith that being said I would like to point out the incredible job being done by Governor Jindahl and the great people in public service in the state of Louisiana.

    http://emergency.louisiana.gov/Releases/083108JindalUpdate.html


    Governor Jindal added that all 64 parishes in the state have now declared a state of emergency. In addition to yesterday's parish evacuations, Lafayette has issued a voluntary evacuation order today, Acadia reports that 1/3 of their population has evacuated, Jefferson Parish reports that they are 80 to 90 percent evacuated, and the National Guard has assisted 4,500 residents out of Jefferson Parish.

    More than 14,930 residents have been evacuated out of New Orleans, the Houma area reported that they have evacuated all their nursing homes and homebound residents, and with FEMA assistance, 2 trains of more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from New Orleans. FEMA has also coordinated 22 flights of more than 2,240 people to shelters in six other states to assist in evacuation efforts.

    The Governor said he spoke to President Bush this morning and that he agreed to activate Title 32, which activates federal funding for National Guard units in other states, instead of just relying on federal reimbursement. The Governor said he has also spoken to Senator McCain, Senator Biden, and Senator Obama, who called for updates on the storm. Additionally, the Governor spoke to Secretary Chertoff, FEMA Administrator David Paulison, and Commander of the US Northern Command Gen. Victor Renuart today on the state's federal assistance needs. Governor Jindal said he requested six to seven more DMAT teams to assist in medical special needs evacuation, and that the President also said he would provide aircraft support in the evacuation efforts to continue every 30 minutes.

    Governor Jindal said he also spoke to Texas Governor Rick Perry earlier this morning to thank him for their state's support by sending six C-130s needed to evacuate special needs patients from Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, in addition to his conversations with the Governors of Mississippi and Alabama. The Governor said Alabama has offered to shelter 10,000 more people in general shelter facilities.

    SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the state is working with several states to identify shelters for medical special needs individuals, including 53,000 critical needs slot in eight states (more than 7,000 of which have already been filled – and the state continues to fill them at this time), including:

    * AL – 10K capacity
    * AR – 4K capacity
    * MO – 5K capacity
    * TX – 10K capacity
    * TN – 6K capacity
    * GA – 10K capacity
    * OK – 4K capacity
    * KY – 4K capacity

    Currently, 84 out of 115 nursing homes have evacuated in Louisiana (27 with state assistance), and 27 hospitals have had full or partial evacuations. The state is continuing to move special needs patients out of Lafourche Airport, Thibodaux Regional Airport, and Patterson Airport. Federal support flights are assisting in medical evacuations by taking patients to out-of-state locations, including Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Albuquerque. Texas is helping to take patients to a medical shelter in Austin and Mississippi has also provided a C-17 aircraft to assist the operation.

    Governor Jindal strongly encouraged those nursing homes in non-mandatory evacuation parishes to evacuate out of harm's way.

    NATIONAL GUARD UPDATE:
    The National Guard is fully mobilized, including over 7000 Louisiana Guardsmen. Guard Security forces have been deployed across coastal LA to secure communities evacuating:

    * 1750 in New Orleans
    * 230 in Jefferson Parish
    * 42 in St Bernard
    * 122 in Plaqumines
    * 339 in St Tammany

    More than 2,000 Guard security/support forces have deployed to South Central and Southwest LA. 500 guardsmen are assisting New Orleans in support of the city's citizen evacuation plan (including more than 400 bus drivers & over 100 guardsmen are assisting the city with movement control of citizens and evacuation busses).

    There are 1,800 additional troops from other states en route, and the Guard is expecting 16,000 additional troops to arrive in next 24-48 hours. The Guard has requested support for their security operations through the EMAC (over 1500 guardsmen):

    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from KY – over 500 guardsmen
    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from TN – over 500 guardsmen
    * 1 Multi Purpose Battalion from MO – over 500 guardsmen

    Guard aviation EMAC requests from 12 states will arrive prior to landfall (total of 26 aircraft) :

    * AR – 1 Aviation Battalion Headquarters – 40 guardsmen
    * IA – 1 helo
    * PA – 2 helo
    * MD – 1 helo
    * IL – 3 helo
    * OH – 1 helo
    * KY – 8 helos
    * GA – 1 plane
    * MS – 5 helos
    * IN – 1 plane
    * FL – 1 plane
    * TX – 1 plane

    Aviation EMAC requests from 3 states will arrive post landfall (total of 12 aircraft):

    * NY – 3 helos
    * NE – 5 helos
    * CO – 4 helos

    Guard has also made EMAC requests for 88 additional guardsmen:

    * TN – satellite communications unit – 35 guardsmen
    * TN – special communications team – 10 guardsmen
    * WV – special communications team – 4 guardsmen
    * TN – logistics distribution team – 28 guardsmen
    * Various states – Public Affairs Team – 11 guardsmen

    The Guard is currently positioning evacuation helicopters in LaFourche, Morgan City, New Iberia, and St James to conduct emergency medical evacuations as needed to assist parishes. Additionally, nine LANG teams (190 guardsmen) are supporting Contra Flow missions in coordination with the Louisiana State Police in Souteast, Southwest and South Central LA.

    CONTRA-FLOW UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the Louisiana State Police is continuing contraflow operations in both southeast and southwest Louisiana at this time. Their operations began shortly after 4:00 AM this morning and at this time they expect to be done before midnight.

    State Police, in conjunction with officials in Mississippi, are continuously monitoring the contraflow operation in both states and making minor adjustments as necessary to continue uninterrupted traffic flow on all major highways. As of the Governor's briefing, they had stopped contraflow on I-49 because the traffic was light.

    SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORT UPDATE:

    Governor Jindal said the Department of Wildlife has filed an EMAC request for 200 additional officers to support their mission, an increase over the 200 requested yesterday to assist in search and rescue operations. The Department is working with FEMA to expedite this request the units are moved quickly. Additionally, 100 swiftwater units are set to come in from Los Angeles County, CA; and TX sent 52 search and rescue team members here this morning.

    Department of Corrections UPDATE:
    Governor Jindal said the Department of Corrections have evacuated a total of 8,146 inmates by relocating them to state correctional facilities across the state and parish prisons further north. The Department is supporting local law enforcement in coastal Louisiana by providing space for post-evacuation and post-storm arrestees.

    Governor Jindal closed by encouraging all media and residents to visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov for most updated information on storm.


    A huge KUDOS to the Governor and his people for their leadership in preparing for this storm... Funny how McCain passed over the one Republican that seems to have any sense of leadership, Bobby Jindal, and instead appointed some unqualified republican hack from no man's land Alaska.






    Yes, Governor Jindal has done an amazing job, as he should, after all he IS the Governor of the state and it IS the state's responsibilit