Sorry your Grandma died, but Mike Brown was busy eating dinner

Yahoo! Video: FEMA’s embarassing e-mails

That should play nicely even on OS X (at least in Firefox), but you can read more about it at:

- FEMA E-Mails - NYT - includes PDFs of the e-mails

- Messages Depict Disarray in Federal Katrina Response (Wash. Post)

The e-mails also show that the government’s response plan, two years in the making, began breaking down even before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Before the storm hit, Brown’s deputy chief of staff, Brooks Altshuler, said White House pressure to form an interagency crisis management group was irrelevant, even though a task force and principal federal officer are key parts of the plan.

The first FEMA request to the Defense Department was not reported in Brown’s e-mails until 10 a.m. on Sept. 2 — nearly three days later — seeking “full logistical support to the Katrina disaster in all [emergency] declared states.”

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) requested 40,000 U.S. troops on Aug. 31.

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