I’ve been asked to provide documentation on the following salient points outlined in the previous post:
Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center called Mayor Nagin and Blanco personally to ask for MANDATORY evacuation of NOLA; they said they’d take it under consideration. (source, 2, 3) Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, said Brown and other top federal officials were briefed as much as 32 hours in advance of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall that its storm surge was likely to top levees and cause catastrophic flooding.
“They knew that this one was different,” Mayfield said this week. ” … They were told. … We said the levees could be topped.”
Even after a phone call from Max Mayfield, the director of the National Hurricane Center, at 8pm on the Saturday before Katrina’s landfall confirming the dangers of the approaching storm, Nagin, citing “legal complications,” waited until 10am Sunday to order the evacuation of New Orleans, a city of 500,000-plus. Katrina hit New Orleans at 6am Monday.
It wasn’t until 9:30 AM Sunday Morning that Mayor Nagin issued the first ever mandatory evacuation of New Orleans: “We’re facing the storm most of us have feared,” said Nagin. “This is going to be an unprecedented event.”
President Bush spent Friday afternoon and evening in meetings with his advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a state to request federal assistance. (source) “The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Katrina beginning on August 24, 2005, and continuing.” The order went out on the 26th, but was drafted on the 24th. It wasn’t until late Friday that the President finally declared a Federal Disaster state.
After Nagin and Blanco refused to sign paperwork allowing federal assistance Saturday before the storm hit, POTUS declared the area a National Disaster Area. (source) “Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today issued Proclamation No. 48 KBB 2005, declaring a state of emergency for the state Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina poses an imminent threat…” Late Saturday is when the order occurred, days after the Whitehouse first drafted their declaration.