Early in 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency once listed the three most likely castastrophes facing America: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Franciso and a hurricane strike on New Orleans.

But after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, some critics say, the Bush adminstration forgot about earthquakes and hurricanes to focus on military invasions tied to the "war on terrorism."

George Haddow, FEMA deputy chief of staff from 1998 to 2000, says the agency's effctiveness was reduced when it was absorbed by the Homeland Security Department after Sept. 11 attacks and emphasis shifted from disaster reparedness to countering terrorism.

FEMA is now "a backwater agency", agrees Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security in Baltimore.

Bloomberg News printed in The Toronto Star Sept. 4th, 2005 page A12

Getting the picture. FEMA in a May 2001 report warned on the three catastrophes to hit the U.S. President Bush failed to act on both number one and number three allowing them to occur. That makes his batting average 2 out of 3 or .666666...

Was there warning? The scientific community was abuzz in 2001. On Sept. 11th 2001 Popular Mechanics published 'NEW ORLEANS IS SINKING.' It warned of people needing scuba gear to tour the French Quarter. Quite ironic I think. However it also details the new emergency warning system developed by Prof. Gregory Stone of Louisiana State University. WAVCIS (wave current surge information system) can within 30 minutes to an hour make storm damage available to emergency planners. The project uses 20 weather bouys in the Gulf. WAVCIS is connected via the internet. It's weakness is that it couldn't predict the levee breech.


However, Mark Fischetti did in an article in Scientific American's October 2001 issue entitled 'Drowning New Orleans.' It seems while New York was burning and the mythical Osama was being routed out by Bush and his posse, serious infrastructure was abandoned to wage war, get the oil and enrich Mr. Cheney's alma mater Halliburton Corporation.