Friday, September 09, 2005

FEMA Managed by Circus Monkeys

Ok, so Kat has been keeping things going while I pretend to get some work done at my real job but it's about time for a Friday post and who doesn't like monkeys?

Yes, the blame game is a little played out by now but this article is pointing out a simple act of stupidity.

And yes, if someone made me boss of something I'd surely hire all my friends but I sure as shit wouldn't hire a blind, armless simpleton to be my limo driver. That's a piss poor analogy cause FEMA has much more critical resonsibilities to a lot of people so the fact that the people running the joint are useless is just unacceptable.
Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters and now lead an agency whose ranks of seasoned crisis managers have thinned dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

FEMA's top three leaders -- Director Michael D. Brown, Chief of Staff Patrick J. Rhode and Deputy Chief of Staff Brooks D. Altshuler -- arrived with ties to President Bush's 2000 campaign or to the White House advance operation, according to the agency. Two other senior operational jobs are filled by a former Republican lieutenant governor of Nebraska and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official who was once a political operative.

Meanwhile, veterans such as U.S. hurricane specialist Eric Tolbert and World Trade Center disaster managers Laurence W. Zensinger and Bruce P. Baughman -- who led FEMA's offices of response, recovery and preparedness, respectively -- have left since 2003, taking jobs as consultants or state emergency managers, according to current and former officials.
[Update 9/9/05 1:25 PM]

Oh man, this is only gonna get better. Michael Brown just got relieved of his duties surrounding the hurricane relief effort according to the AP. This after questions of his resume came up in a Time Mag investigation. For fans of NBC's adaptation of "The Office" check out this quote (with my italics and capitalization):
In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an "assistant TO the city manager" from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees.

2 Comments:

>>>>>> Blogger qt said...

Rumor has it that Mikee Brown has been thrown out of the relief effort. Glad to hear it. Maybe better things will happen now.

9/09/2005 1:31 PM  
>>>>>> Anonymous Gary Gray said...

"I'm going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife and, maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night's sleep."--Mike Brown, FEMA Director, after being relieved of his hurricane command.

He's going to walk his dog, then hug his wife. He can't get any of his priorities right.

9/09/2005 3:35 PM  

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