Oh, take yer time!

9:28 P.M. – WASHINGTON (AP): The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region–and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.
Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sought the approval from Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff roughly five hours after Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29. Brown said that among duties of these employees was to “convey a positive image” about the government’s response for victims.
Before then, FEMA had positioned smaller rescue and communications teams across the Gulf Coast. But officials acknowledged Tuesday the first department-wide appeal for help came only as the storm raged.
Brown’s memo to Chertoff described Katrina as “this near catastrophic event” but otherwise lacked any urgent language. The memo politely ended, “Thank you for your consideration in helping us to meet our responsibilities.”

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Brown will probably get a medal for such a bang up job.

Better and better, Micha & Rory are found!

This just in from Rob:

I have never been SO FUKIN HAPPY IN MY WHOLE FUKIN LIFE!!!!!!!!!
Peggy (Micha’s Mom) just called to say that Lew in Phoenix (Micha’s
friend) spoke to Micha a few hours ago. She said she’s sitting around
getting fat on all the junk food and she spoke to some members of the
National Guard and she will be OUTTA THERE tomorrow at the latest.
Evidently, they can’t give you transportation to anywhere you want.
She may go to Phoenix, where Lew is.
Thanks agin Becky and let’s all have a cocktail for Michele and Rory!!!!!

and a calmer addendum (hugs!)

Spoke to Carlos (Micha’s Dad) a second ago. he said Micha and Rory
are safe and all but were told to stay put. They are uptown in the
driest and safest place. Louis Armstrong Airport is supossed to open
Tuesday and the kids are free to leave.
Sorry about that last email, Peggy was a little excited, but who the
fuck wouldn’t be excited?

Enjoy, as it were.

Ok, I’m crying hysterically again. And I’ll do it again when she’s outa there. So glad they were able to stay put in their house uptown.

Rob also attached this picture of Michele & Rory, taken earlier. Oh GAWD, Michele, I love you so much!
Bat took some screen captures of Liz on the telly-vision.

Please see her whole post for all the pix!

Rev Rob is a GOD.

He tracked down Michele’s (Michele Cabrera) parents finally and called them.

Micha called them on Wednesday. Micha said they have food and water and are OK.
This is way better news then that old Monday news. Could you post
this info on LJ? I’ll keep looking. Thanks for your help.
Let’s keep each other posted
Thanks again

So at least we know she made it back to uptown on Monday and was fine!
I’ve been a wreck all weekend. Loves to all my loves!

Did ya see her?

Hard to miss, the group of pale and ravaged punk rock bartenders fleeing the French Quarter on the highway on Dateline last night. Such a relief to see you Liz! OMG. I watched it like ten times. Liz was the one in the orange or red shirt who could be heard saying something about “they lied!”… which made me giggle. Rawr.
The longer I go without hearing from Michele (that is Michele Cabrera) the more bleak I get. Micha, please call us!
And on that note, since she’s a FQ bartender, as are many of my other friends, this just in from the AP newswire:

11:55 A.M. – NEW YORK (AP): The Big Apple will raise its glasses to the Big Easy — not for toasts, but to collect money for more than 80,000 hospitality workers from the hurricane-ravaged city.
In addition to New York, bars around the country also have promised to mix cocktails to help the Louisiana bartenders and hotel, casino and restaurant workers facing unemployment.
Four New York-based cocktail experts are spurring the “Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour” — a two-hour nationwide drinking session scheduled for next Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Each $10 drink — Big Easy classics like the sazerac, the ramos gin fizz and the Pimm’s cup — will be served with a set of free Mardi Gras beads.
New York bartenders stepped forward first, with dozens of establishments from Soho’s tony new Pegu Club to the Central Park’s Tavern on the Green and the lively Havana Central, agreeing to participate in the fundraiser.
Organizers said the effort is spreading quickly and now includes the Sierra Gold tavern in Las Vegas, a half dozen businesses in Washington, D.C., and more in Arlington, Va., and Silver Springs, Md.

Liz is ok!

I’m still crying with relief. Bat just called, she only had like a minute on the phone with Liz.
She’s in Baton Rouge. She walked out of the city, presumably with friends, with her cats and luggage in a grocery cart.
She walked all the way to Baton Rouge, which is about 80 miles. All she said was that it was awful.
She’s going to Houston, her job is going to take care of her until she figures out what to do. I’m sure we’ll hear from her very soon with more details once she can communicate.
She said she was interviewed for Dateline for tonight, so I’ll watch and tape if she is.
I’m so devastated and happy. Still no word on Michele…
edit: OMG, the trauma of just thinking about is breaking my heart and yet I’m so proud of her, so in awe. I can’t stop crying.

Mr. Mayor! Mr. Mayor!

Heard the interview w/ Mayor Nagin this morning on the radio. What a rock star, bless ‘im. It is times like these when politicians can actually speak their minds. Unfortunate for times like these.
And yes, both the mayor and the interviewer are in tears at the end.
My friends are still MIA since wednesday. I hope, HOPE and pray, that they are on their way out and we’ll hear from them soon.
Also worried about the fires that are breaking out. That is what did the majority of the destruction in the 1906 San Francisco earthquakes… the fires that were so difficult to control w/ limited resources. Ugh.