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Old 09-14-2005, 09:58 PM   #1
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Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?


Acess to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of thousands of New Orleans residents in some 90 shelters throughout the state of Louisiana and elsewhere since before landfall. All told, the Red Cross is today operating 149 shelters for almost 93,000 residents.

The Red Cross shares the nation’s anguish over the worsening situation inside the city. We will continue to work under the direction of the military, state and local authorities and to focus all our efforts on our lifesaving mission of feeding and sheltering.

The Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations. We are an organization of civilian volunteers and cannot get relief aid into any location until the local authorities say it is safe and provide us with security and access.

The original plan was to evacuate all the residents of New Orleans to safe places outside the city. With the hurricane bearing down, the city government decided to open a shelter of last resort in the Superdome downtown. We applaud this decision and believe it saved a significant number of lives.

As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. We are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated.

http://www.redcross.org/faq/0,1096,0_682_4524,00.html
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Does anyone know the history of state "Homeland Securites"?

I know they are all young, but what is the relationship between the federal and state "Homeland Securities"? Is there any?

Anybody have any info? Just curious...
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Does anyone know the history of state "Homeland Securites"?

I know they are all young, but what is the relationship between the federal and state "Homeland Securities"? Is there any?

Anybody have any info? Just curious...
2003 seems to be the magic year they became what they are now:

From Louisiana:

The Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LHLS & EP); formally the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP), was created by the Civil Act of 1950 and is under the Louisiana Military Department. In 1976 LHLS & EP via the Louisiana government reorganization, was moved to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). In 1990 LHLS & EP was transferred again to the Military Department. In 2003 the Agency name was changed to the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, reflecting the additional responsibilities to the State and her citizens...

Effective communication and partnerships with the Military Department in New Orleans, the Governor's Office, the Legislature, our Congressional staff, State officials, Parish and City officials, Parish Emergency Directors, individual citizens and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has improved greatly since 1990. In most cases critical disaster data can now be transmitted instantly between the various supporting agencies and offices via the upgraded radio, computer and web based systems. These tools help provide a multi-tiered operational environment that is much more efficient and reliable during disaster operations; when time sensitive information is so vital to mission accomplishment.

From Alabama:

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security was established by an act of the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Bob Riley on June 18, 2003. Alabama was the first state in the nation to create its own legislatively enacted Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security...

Alabama’s Homeland Security Department is staffed to mirror the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

The mission of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security is to work with our federal, state, and local partners to prevent acts of terrorism in Alabama, to protect lives and safeguard property, and if required, to respond to any acts of terrorism occurring in Alabama. To accomplish this mission, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security works closely with both public and private sector stakeholders in a wide range of disciplines: law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical, fire services, public works, agriculture, public health, public safety communications, environmental management, military, transportation, and more.

Since its inception, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security has administered, throughout Alabama, approximately $100 million in federally appropriated homeland security grants.

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