Tuesday, September 06, 2005

1984 anyone?

I was doing a Google search on when Gov. Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency. I certainly recall her doing it very early on. The first hit comes up with this:
Sunday, August 28, 2005
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Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency on Friday and planned to discuss preparations for south Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina continues to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico.

Further down the search page I found this little snippet for the KATC website:
Hurricane HQ Updated 8:30PM Friday: Katrina: Blanco Declares Emergency. Governor Katherine Blanco declared a state of emergency Friday evening as a ...

I did a search at the website and found this:
Bush Declares Louisiana Emergency
Aug 28, 2005, 03:55 PM

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Saturday because of the approach of Hurricane Katrina and his spokesman urged residents along the coast to heed authorities' advice to evacuate.

Bush, vacationing at his ranch, was being regularly updated about the storm, which is expected to hit land early Monday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to coordinate with state authorities in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, and have prepositioned supplies in areas expected to be affected, he said.

The president's emergency declaration authorizes the FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance in a number of Louisiana parishes, or counties.

Authorities told residents of low-lying coastal communities to head for higher ground.

The storm was expected to strengthen as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico and could become a Category 4 hurricane with wind of at least 131 mph. "We urge residents in the areas that could be impacted to follow the recommendations of local authorities," McClellan said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

But Gov. Blanco's declaration of emergency for hurricane Katrina doesn't seem to be there anymore. It's getting to the point you need to have 24/7 multiple channel video recording and webpage snapshots just to prove you didn't make it up.

Isn't this the kind of thing they did in the book "1984"?