Tuesday, September 06, 2005

State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan

For those of you that want to dig into the minutiae of the matter, here is the State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan Supplement 1A: Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Evacuation and Sheltering Plan. It covers the mass evacuation in the event of a Hurricane. Last revised, January 2000.

A few quotes from the emergency plan:
A catastrophic hurricane is defined as a hurricane in Category 3 Slow (5 mph or less forward speed), and categories 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of hurricane strength (See Annex A). Hurricanes in Category 1, 2 and 3 Fast, are considered less destructive and can be met through the use of normal emergency preparedness procedures on the part of the Parish and State governments.

The overall strategy for dealing with a catastrophic hurricane is to evacuate as much of the at risk population as possible from the path of the storm and relocate them to a place of relative safety outside the projected high water mark of the storm surge flooding and hurricane force winds.

The Southeastern Region is generally defined as those parishes which have all or a large part of their population east of the Atchafalaya River Basin and south of a line drawn along Interstates 10 and 12 from Baton Rouge, through Hammond to Slidell. The Region includes the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne (A map is included as Annex B).

The plan prescribes an orderly procedure for the parishes to follow in response to a catastrophic hurricane. It does not replace or supersede any local plans, which are incorporated by reference, nor does it usurp the authority of any local governing body.
The Area is protected by an extensive levee system, but above-normal water levels and hurricane surge could cause levee overtopping or failures.
Many of the Region's emergency shelter facilities may be inundated by floodwaters when threatened by a slow moving Category 3 or above hurricane. Sheltering of evacuees outside of the Region becomes necessary.
The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating. [emphasis added]
Parishes: Conduct and control local evacuation in parishes located in the risk area and manages reception and shelter operations in parishes located in the host area.

School buses lay in flooded areas in Buras, La., on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. Hurricane Katrina has caused massive flooding throughout the region. (Gannett News Service, P.C. Piazza/The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser) [source caption]

Want to bet this emergency plan will be pored over with a fine tooth comb during any investigation?

UPDATE: Captain Ed has more here.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin dreads the idea of another commission

Props: SondraK (pdf), WKYC (pic)

"Totally Incompatible"!

James Taranto at Opinion Journal has an interesting post regarding the fetid leftist reactions toward a Christian publishing house that wants to donate Bibles to displaced persons from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.

The post is entitled The Book the Angry Left Loves to Hate (scroll down). The fact that the left hates Bibles is not a surprise to any Christian. Says Taranto: "...it's quite astonishing that the Bible would inspire such hatred, especially from people who supposedly don't believe in it."

Well, that is precisely why it inspires such hatred. Here is a personal anecdote that further illustrates that fact.

Many years ago (about 1988) I went out to Hollywood Boulevard with some friends to share religious tracts. I approached a man carrying an armload of communist party newspapers he was selling. I said to him, "I do not want to buy one of your papers, but I would like to give you this" and I held out a tract to him.

He eyed it warily and asked, "what's that"?

I said, "it is the gospel of Jesus Christ."

He jumped back (both of his feet literally left the ground) and he shouted, "NO! NO! The ideologies are totally incompatible. TOTALLY INCOMPATIBLE!"

Perhaps that can explain the harsh leftist reaction to distributing free Bibles? Unbelief is easy, but denial is hard work.

You can read more on leftists and the Bible at my earlier post on the subject.

Props: Lucianne

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The (political) Dating Game

"Why The Katrina Coverage Made Me Switch To Fox News!" is the title of this article by Lee Ellis of The Post-Chronicle.

In this article, Lee relates a point of law I did not know previously:

"It is against the law for any President to order troops into a city or across state lines without a request and permission from the Governor of that state.

John Armor, a First Amendment lawyer and one of my favorite writers, told me, "Federal law prevents the President from sending in the National Guard until the Governor gives the order. It is little known, but the Commanding General of the National Guard in every state reports to the Governor, not the President, until the Governor says otherwise. U.S. military units (regular Army, not the Guard) cannot be used because of the Posse Comitatus law, until the Guard has been authorized.""
So was it President Bush's fault the troops were not deployed as some feel they should have been?

If your want to see slow, visit this site and check out the dates on the documents at the bottom of the list. Check out the the dates in the documents themselves, not just the date in the links.

The earliest official date on the two Louisiana Governor's Emergency Evacuation by Buses orders. is August 31, 2005. This is apparently an order to move those at the Superdome, as well as other places.

The hurricane hit NOLA on August 29.

Seems a tad late for an emergency order, no? Why wasn't a similar order put into effect before the disaster? It may have prevented this.

More can be found here at Bryan Preston's post on Michelle Malkin's blog.

UPDATE: RightWing Nuthouse has assembled a timeline of events. Check it out.

I swear, if President Bush had shown up like Moses, parted the waters and led the people to safety, the liberals would have sued him for violating the separation of church and state.

UPDATE: Drudge is reporting that, seven weeks prior to the hurricane, Ray Nagin and other officials had warned prepared to warn residents of New Orleans that in the event of a hurricane they would be "on their own" and that the city did not have the resources to "move out of harm's way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation."

UPDATE: The Indispensable Mark Steyn weighs in here on the bus issue, et al.

UPDATE: This is what should have been done witht he buses in New Orleans--before it was too late.

UPDATE: Mayor Nagin praises Bush, Blames Gov. Blanco for Failures in New Orleans. Check out the CNN video link at the bottom of the post at Newsbusters. Seems Bush and Nagin were ready to roll, but Blanco insisted on having an additional 24 hours to make a decision.

UPDATE: Check out this post to see excerpts from the State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan. There is also a link to the PDF of the plan.

UPDATE: I would like to extend a cordial welcome to readers of Power Line, and many thanks to Scott for the link.

Props: Lucianne, Drudge MsPfieffer, and Nealenews.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Do You Know This Man?

When my father passed away in 1990, my mother gave me a large envelope of old family photos. Those photos have languished in a closet until last night when I started scanning them into my computer. Below are two scans of an old photograph from 1955, front and back.

My father wrote on the back of the photo, "This is Wayman Branton with me. He plays quarter back. A good boy! 1955." The front of the photo shows two young men, apparently on a street somewhere in England in 1955. The man on the left is Fred Hanke, my father. The man on the right is identified as Wayman Branton. My father was in the US Air Force at the time, and the photo looks like two Air Force friends in civilian clothes on leave in England. Click on the photos for larger versions.

The front of the photo:

The back of the photo:

I became curious as to whether Mr. Branton is still alive so I can send him a scan of the photo. If you know him or know of him, please contact me at:

impactedwisdomtruth -at- dslextreme.com

Thank you.


Incredible! While searching for Mr. Branton on the Internet last night, I came across an email address that potentially was a relative of Mr. Branton. I emailed a link to this post to that person, and she responded.

It turns out she is Mr. Branton's granddaughter. I have emailed her two high-resolution scans, one of the front and one of the back of the photo, along with my contact information. She has promised to forward it all to her grandpa. I am truly amazed and incredibly glad. Thank you, Stephanie!

Photos Copyright 2005 by Impacted Wisdom Truth.