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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 12:25 PM
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140. It's fairly clear.

Nagin handles NOLA-internal stuff. He has to coordinate with the state and (probably) with FEMA.

Blanco or her staff handle state-wide stuff. There's a liaison with FEMA. She has her national guard. Her office is in charge of the disaster plan implementation, unless it breaks down and she steps aside. As of Friday night, she hadn't stepped aside.

Blanco and her staff also handles some interstate stuff: She could request NG from NM on her own, with the Feds providing logistics, not authorization, providing that the request was made for purposes covered by the pre-existing inter-state National Guard agreements. By Wednesday, the requests weren't covered by them, it seems.

FEMA handles all the requests for Federal stuff: reimbursements, supplies from national stockpiles, coordination with the US Military.

It works like this:
Nagin makes request to Blanco for state resources, or some requests for pass-through to FEMA (or maybe even makes requests directly to FEMA);
Blanco makes requests to other states or to FEMA, depending if it's state or federal resources she's after;
FEMA handles requests to government agencies and US military, which are to fulfill Blanco's (or Nagin's) requests.
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