Originally Posted by Chief Faithful
You are correct, but you leave out the reason this has worked everywhere except in Louisiana. FEMA sets up a command and control and takes over the recovery because the Govenor has declared a state disaster and the state is unable to manage. The state thus succeeds control of the disaster over to the Feds. The Govenor of Louisiana never todate made this declaration. Bush after 5 days of requesting this declaration over-rode the Govenor and took control.
The problem with Katrina is nobody knew what to do. Especially in terms of debris clean up, afterwords FEMA changed their tactics. Judging from what I saw in Joplin, they got it right.