State Transportation Secretary Johnny Bradberry acknowledged that although the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security required him to develop evacuation plans, he didn’t agree with the assignment. Among the reasons he cited for not drawing up plans was a lack of resources the state needed to carry out the evacuations
The state’s top health official, Jimmy Guidry, said his staff rejected an Aug. 28 offer of help with patient evacuations from the federal Health and Human Services Department because he didn’t believe the department could actually provide the help it was offering.
Health and Human Services “is not in the transportation business,” Guidry said. “I know what they can deliver.”
Clearly the chips are going to fall in a lot of different places when these investigations are finished, and improvements will need to be made at all levels. When these investigations are done we need avoid excuses, finger-pointing, and excessive recriminations, and get to work.