Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Who Will Recover The Dead In New Orleans?

In another breakdown between the local, state and federal agencies working on the recovery from Katrina, who is suppose to recover the dead and remove them?

Recovering The Dead

Blanco is angry and outraged again (must have been coached by CNN prior to the press conference), and FEMA is saying collecting bodies was never part of their task after the state asked to take that over last week:

"No one, even those at the highest level, seems to be able to break through the bureaucracy to get this important mission done," Blanco said. "The failure to execute a contract for the recovery of our citizens has hurt the speed of recovery efforts. I am angry and outraged."

However, Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman David Passey said the state asked to take over body recovery last week. Passey said he did not understand the governor's remarks. "The collection of bodies is not normally a FEMA responsibility," he said.

So why is Blanco angry at the Feds if the state is suppose to be doing this task per their own request? Sign the contract and do the job Governor, good night…………….

The dead need to be collected as quickly as possible and with dignity, but this sounds like another blame game directed at the Feds from a state government that has not been capable of doing much of anything right. Even like here where they have asked for the task……………