Hurricane Katrina Timeline
News stories about Katrina in the order that we carried them
(some links may be broken)
of Louisiana once received hundreds of thousands of dollars from
"Project Impact," FEMA's largest disaster-prevention program, until the
Bush Administration eliminated it in 2001.
Bush received warnings that this was one of the "three
likeliest, most catastrophic disasters" and did nothing but stay on
vacation and cut funding
President Discusses Hurricane Katrina and mentions
Terrorists 6 (six) times
of New Orleans under water.
National Guard insists they have enough men, despite that 3,000 of them
are in Iraq
Bush cuts two days off his month long vacation to attend
photo-op: Bush plays the guitar while New Orleans floods
Hugo Chavez offers fuel and food to hurricane victims
Congress cut hundreds of millions of dollars from New
Orleans flood control projects to pay for the war in Iraq
Will Katrina Sink the Economy?
9-1-05 (Beginning of national
Superdome evacuation halted amid gunfire
Bush worried about possible economic collapse triggered
Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was
needed for Lake Pontchartrain levee due to funds needed for Iraq
Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent
to pay for the Iraq war
"That man, the king of vacations ... the king of
vacations in his ranch said nothing but, you have to flee, and didn't
say how .
Bush acknowledges incompetence on Good Morning America
The Pentagon said that it will add 10,000 National Guard
soldiers from around the country to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi
ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The devastation on the gulf coast offers the GOP nothing
to advance its cause. Therefore, they officially ignore it: The official
Republican Party website (as of this posting)
New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday as corpses
lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out, cops turned
in their badges and the governor declared war on looters who have made
the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear.
are like animals,' a mother says inside the Louisiana Superdome, where
hope and supplies are sparse.
Mayor issues statement: "This is a desperate SOS.
Conditions at the Convention Center are out of control. We are allowing
everybody to march to the expressway for relief".
Rapes & Beatings in the Convention Center: Angry Mob
beats back 88 police officers
As a tired, hungry and frustrated crowd chanted "Help us!
Help us! in front of the New Orleans Convention Center, someone pulled
back a filthy blanket to reveal a gray-haired man slumped dead in a lawn
Sniper fire halts hospital evacuation
Collection of Katrina photos
Timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood
control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration
Chaos in increasingly desperate New Orleans
"No one can say they didn't see it coming"
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the
levees." Yeah, no one except for the Army Corp of Engineers who
repeatedly asked for and were denied funds for flood prevention
2002 Louisiana Wetlands Doc. - note Part 4: Hurricane
Risk for New Orleans.
Insult to injury: September is National Preparedness
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff: “We’re Much
Better Prepared Than We’ve Ever Been”
NPR grills Homeland Security Secretary about why nothing
is being done for the thousands of people in the New Orleans Convention
Center who have no food and water; the Secretary claims that's just a
Waiting for a Leader
FEMA directing Katrina Donations to Pat Robertson
NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. The City in a Bowl
There will be no large-scale shifting of U.S. troops from
Iraq and Afghanistan to help with disaster relief in Louisiana and
Mississippi, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said Thursday.
There were not enough helicopters to repair the breached levees and
rescue people trapped by rising water. Nor are there enough Louisiana
National Guardsmen available to help with rescue efforts and to patrol
What's important to the Republican Party: This email from
the RNC just went out to its list
Police (in uniform) caught on camera looting - cart and
The president's 35-minute Air Force One flyover of
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama was the perfect metaphor for his
entire presidency: detached, disconnected, and disengaged. Preferring to
take in America's suffering -- whether caused by the war in Iraq or
Hurricane Katrina -- from a distance. In this case, 2,500 feet
will take just a couple more days of almost 100 degree weather to really
bring this New Orleans stew to an incomprehensible completion with the
bloated corpses of pets, animals and yes, people. As morbid as it is, it
soon will be all too easy to find the missing.
Poor and Hurricane Katrina: Left Behind to Drown
attributed to NOLA rescue worker; economics of disaster
Lost in the Flood: Why no mention of race or class in
TV's Katrina coverage?
President Bush: "Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house
-- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house.
And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter.)
Louisiana Congressman not allowed to visit Bush. Worse:
Helicopter aid flights in Louisiana were prevented while Bush was in the
Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans? "The state
Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to
request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans
following the hurricane."
President Bush indicated yesterday morning that the
United States had not requested foreign help and didn't need it.
FEMA forbids rescue flotilla of 500 airboats from
entering New Orleans over worries it's too dangerous a place for people
FEMA to Chicago: Thanks, but we don't need your help
holds up Canadian help for Katrina victims
Updates of the team's work and experiences will be posted
on the City of Vancouver's website
Despite accusations and excuses of a lack of manpower,
there are 124,000 National Guard troops available in the storm-hit
Halliburton hired for storm cleanup
Man who stole an abandoned school bus and rescued
strangers could get in trouble for getting the bus
LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq
: Dozens of high water vehicles, humvees, refuelers and generators are
now abroad, and in the event of a major natural disaster that, could be
Newsview: Rhetoric Not Matching in Relief
CNN: Official version vs. reality
Amid the chaos, looting, suffering and dying, President
Bush sneaks in a recess appointment for a stalled justice official.
Cheney plays it safe and remains on vacation in Jackson,
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert flip flops on
rebuilding New Orleans
Clinton on Hastert: "I'm afraid I would have assaulted him."
Is Bush to Blame for New Orleans Flooding?
Kanye West says "Bush doesn't care about black people."
New Orleans Isn't Anarchy, It's government-run chaos
Rush Limbaugh renames hurricane to hurricane Katrina
Vanden Heuvel (liberal, editor of The Nation)
Levee repairs faked for Bush photo op
There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN
International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone,
yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following
statement this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for President Bush
to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief
and recovery efforts within 24 hours.
New Orleans police officer says that National Guard
troops sat around playing cards while people died in the stricken city
after Hurricane Katrina
The Homeland Security Department has requested and
continues to request that the American Red Cross not come back into New
Chertoff: 'we don't tell them to get ready and leave in 24 hours, unless
it's some sort of big emergency'
First-hand account from boater who was part of a convoy
of 500 citizen boats that sped to NO and were denied entry.
Entire city of New Orleans will remain abandoned for nine
months, and many residents will remain homeless for two years according
to U.S. officials
on the Army Times web page is referring to American citizens in New
Orleans as "the insurgency".
"Last night at 8 p.m. they shot a kid of just 16. He was
just crossing the street. They ran him over, the New Orleans police did,
and then they got out of the car and shot him in the head"
Police On The Rampage in New Orleans 'Stop the car right
now,' reporter told. `Back up, or I'll shoot' The last of more than 350
images shot by Oleniuk depicted officers delivering a fierce beating to
the two suspects, an assault so fearsome one of the suspects defecated.
The last bedraggled refugees were rescued from the
Superdome on Saturday and the convention center was all but cleared,
leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and
frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.
Fearing riots, National Guard rejects food airdrops
Many people dieing at NOLA airport. Bill Frist: "The hallways are
filled, the floors are filled. A lot more than eight to ten people are
dying a day"
"The following comes from a woman who works in the VA
system in Shreveport, LA."
In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or
other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will
assume primary responsibility. No, really!
Bush administration officials blamed state and local
authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the
country's emergency management.
300 troops with kin in Katrina zone sent home
Very high res pictures of Katrina damage
List of useful radio frequencies and links for Katrina
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FEMA cut parish's emergency communication lines, turned
away water and gas supplies among other atrocities.
On the ground report from Superdome triage
Condi's words to hurricane victims: "The Lord Jesus
Christ is going to come on time." She added: "If we just wait."
Billmon compares the administration's current incompetent
performance with last year's relief efforts in...ahem...Florida.
Army Corp of Engineers report that some of its
contractors were killed by police as they walked across a bridge on the
way to repair a canal
Doctors and medical supplies that have shown up from
across the USA are stranded and marooned amongst government red-tape
An 85,000-barrel crude oil tank owned by Murphy Oil Corp.
has spilled into the flood waters because of damage from Hurricane
Survivors reveal Superdome horror: Stories of rape,
murder and suicide have emerged.
Big oil's bigtime looting: Zero tolerance is meaningless
when the White House lets the biggest looters of Hurricane Katrina walk
off with billions of dollars.
Despite years of warning that a hurricane could crush
NOLA, the head of Homeland Security says feds had no plan for such a
post runs a retraction. Apparently the governor declared a state of
emergency on the 26th of august... not "never" as they had originally
Live TV feed from New Orleans, Louisiana
with the Northern Command that appeared on the BBC? "So we had things
ready. The only caveat is, we have to wait until the President
authorizes us to do so. "
"They [the authorities] said to them 'well show us what
you've got' - doing signs for them to lift their t-shirts up. The girls
said no, and they said 'well fine', and motored off down the road in
their motorboat. "That's the sort of help we had from the authorities,"
Bush photo op food distribution point dismantled as soon
as he and the media move on
Cops beating up, stealing cameras of New Orleans
photojournalists who take unfavorable pictures
offer of 1500 doctors with medicine for Gulf Coast goes unanswered.
Norway: No answer yet to US aid offer Norway's Foreign
Ministry was waiting on Monday to hear back from their counterparts in
the US, after making concrete offers of aid to victims of Hurricane
Many nations offer material aid to hurricane victims;
Bush refuses to accept
Volunteer physicians are pouring in to care for the sick,
but red tape is keeping hundreds of others from caring for Hurricane
Katrina survivors even as health officials worry about potential
Venezuela donates 1 million barrels of oil to the US
Firefighters from Houston are livid at FEMA after being
made to wait 5 days to help. They never were allowed in and finally gave
up and went home
August 27, 2005: Whitehouse Statement on Federal
Emergency Assistance for Louisiana
"I have determined that this incident will be of such
severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the
capabilities of the State and affected local governments" - Kathleen
Blanco, Gov. LA in her Request for Federal assistance under the Stafford
log: Katrina's aftermath
We deserve answers, Mr. President (Joe Scarborough)
Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff Refuses To
New Orleans paper rips federal response
video of Keith Olbermann: The law and order and terror
government can not protect us from a WMD called water
Clinton is calling for a 9/11 type commission to investigate why the
Feds were so slow in response
Bush's mom says NOLA victims are used to living in
squalor. Her Beautiful Mind: "And so many of the people in the arena
here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (she chuckled)--this
is working very well for them."
lb. NO patient euthanized because he can't be evacuated.
The airboats finally make it into New Orleans. Now that
the critical first 72 hours for survival is well passed
Geraldo Rivera rescues same woman twice - in case
cameraman missed the first one 9-6
Here's the video
Pumps turned on in New Orleans
America’s Nero: Bush’s impeachable failure
"Tragic events in New Orleans have laid bare America's
bigotry and exposed the lie of equal opportunity ."
Al Gore flies 140 elderly/infirmed Katrina survivors to
Tennessee hospitals on his own dime
local, state, and federal government response to Hurricane Katrina went
so well, Tom Delay cancels investigation into what went wrong
Bush launches inquiry and puts himself in charge of it.
In other news, OJ still looking for the real killer
Reporters not allowed to take pictures of the dead in New
A U.S. Naval hospital ship sat in the gulf waiting for
orders to begin helping with the disaster. The orders came too late and
were too little. 1200 beds are on this ship, which was in New Orleans on
Monday, the day after the hurricane. Not one person was brought to the
Republican Mississippi to get first dibs on relief money
1,000 firefighters from around the country volunteered
for disaster relief and were summarily organized by FEMA to Atlanta,
Georgia. There, they discovered that they were only to approach
*rescued* refugees in Texas and elsewhere and deliver FEMA's 1-800
Might the so-called delays in the evacuation have been
The Red Cross is NOT in New Orleans
FEMA Director Michael Brown: Unqualified. His top two
deputies? Even less qualified
Nadler, Conyers, Watt, Jackson Lee to Introduce Bill to
ease impact of new bankruptcy amendments on Katrina victims
Feds will give out $2000 debit cards to Katrina victims
Saving New Orleans Likely to Poison the Region
Katrina’s Devastation Was Predicted
Mayor OKs forced evacuations
Rick Santorum suggests penalizing people who won't
Plans to airlift thousands left homeless by Hurricane
Katrina to states that have offered them shelter, including
Massachusetts, have been put on hold indefinitely by federal officials
after many evacuees expressed reluctance to leave the region
As Katrina wiped out New Orleans' communications
infrastructure, rumors of violence quickly filled the airwaves. The only
problem? None of the reports were true.
Nursing Home Residents Left To Die In Katrina, Lawmaker Says
In April 2004, some of the best minds who were supposed
to be studying and improving Lousiana's damaged wetlands instead found
themselves in the Persian Gulf -- restoring the Iraqi marshes.
Bodies found piled in freezer at Convention Center:
"There's another one in the freezer, a 7-year-old with her throat cut."
"What didn't go right?" says Dubya when asked about
I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp (with
The great lie that is the war on terrorism has just taken
a very serious blow. A category 5 hurricane named Katrina
WH Briefing Gets Flooded by Katrina questions
Some Nations reporting that the US State Dept has been
very slow on taking them up on offers of aid and equipment
Bush requests 52 billion more for Katrina relief efforts.
Truly Shocking Eye Witness Account from New Orleans
Bush rejects Chávez aid
Iran offers US Katrina oil relief Iran has offered to
send 20 million barrels of crude oil to the US to help with the
consequences of Hurricane Katrina.
Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash
Americans: Let's not let our clumsy, uncaring government
undermine our capacity to help those in need. Here are 10 outstanding
endeavors that deserve your support.
Thom Hartmann : Drowning Government: Let the corporations
handle your old-age pension. Let the corporations decide how much
protection we and our environment need from their toxics. Let the
corporations decide what we're paid. Let the corporations decide what
doctor we can see, when, and for what purpose.
Hurricane Katrina: Reporter's diary
assure Halliburton getting record profits for rebuilding Katrina damage,
Bush issues Executive Order allowing contactors rebuilding New Orleans
to pay below minimum wage.
11 Republicans vote against Katrina Aid
House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, both Republicans, announced
what they said would be a bipartisan investigation at an event on
Wednesday to which no Democrats were invited.
FEMA chief's online bio falsely claims he served as an
assistant city manager, when in reality he served as assistant TO the
Two Bush 2000 Florida recount aides were rewarded with
top FEMA posts
Exxon now makes over $100M/day in profits and is inline
for a tax breaks and hurricane relief
Colorado Republican congressman (and Mecca bombing
advocate) demands that Louisiana not be in charge of any money for
rebuilding. Forgets that he's a States' Rights Republican
Florida: Bush let FEMA pay for damages caused by
run-of-the-mill thunderstorm effects
"They'll Just Spend It On Crack" - Listening To Right
Wing Radio: The New Orleans "welfare riff-raff" have "hit the jackpot"
and are going to get new houses and cars and "we" will all have to pay
for "their" windfall. Now "they" are going to be bringing their "crime"
to decent cities.
Katrina Cover-up: First Locked In, Now Locked Out
Infectious Disease Research in and Around New Orleans. Summary: At the
very least, there are two Level-3 biolabs in New Orleans and a cluster
of three in nearby Covington. They have been working with anthrax,
mousepox, HIV, plague, etc. There are surely other labs in the city.
FEMA insiders say that FEMA was not ready for handling
Police and National Guard begin confiscating civilians
Ocala, Florida homeowners association says evacuees are
EIGHT BIG LIES ABOUT KATRINA: Big Media has given ample
space for administration officials and conservatives to spread
falsehoods about relief efforts.
Blocking Relief Efforts - An Amazing List
Listening to Your Neighbors Die: "I heard her die,"
Williams said. "She cried for two nights, 'Help. Someone help me
please!' Then the last time I heard her call it turned into a gurgle.
That was her last cry.
The orders are clear: "Empty the city, Cut off
communications between the citizenry, and Protect private property." The
result is a massive ethnic cleansing operation that will displace tens
of thousands of poor, black residents and pave the way for Halliburton
and other major Bush contributors to rebuild the city at taxpayer
expense. This is the clearest illustration of class-based warfare we
have seen to date, but we expect more will follow.
A Louisiana congressman says more than 100 people died at
a warehouse along a New Orleans dock. Congressman Charlie Melancon (muh-LAWN'-suhn)
says they died as they waited for rescuers to take them to safety.
In Nursing Home, a Fight Lost to Rising Waters: St.
Bernard Parish officials say that 32 of the home's roughly 60 residents
died on Aug. 29, more than a week ago.
Four People Die of Water-Borne Illness After Katrina
A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New
Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S.
military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday.
bankruptcy law that's scheduled to take effect Oct. 17 to deal second
blow to victims of hurricane
President Bush issued an executive order Thursday
allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.
FEMA dumps Brown as Katrina relief chief
Republicans block efforts to amend relief bill, hold vote
without providing copy of bill
Hurricane Katrina leading to Republican wet dream as
conservatives push suspension of environmental, workplace safety,
minimum wage, and contracting laws.
Former Reagan staffer and senior fellow at the Cato
Institute calls Bush out on his handling of Katrina
Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge: "We finally cleaned up public
housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did."
Tom DeLay to some young Astrodome refugees: "Now tell me
the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
Scotty Lies Again About News Coverage Of Hurricane
Katrina: New Orleans Dodged A Bullet
Was it on purpose? FEMA got the emergency parishes
exactly backwards. (Excluded all the coastal parishes)
25 Mind-Numbingly Dumb Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And
NOLA police force set to forcibly remove holdouts from
Could you leave? No, the national guard would shoot us if
Bush had no excuses. The failure is his. Blanco had nothing to do with
At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday
night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the
media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina.
apologist Glenn Beck called hurricane survivors in New Orleans
"scumbags," said he "hates" 9-11 families
Hurricane Katrina evacuees arriving in Utah were given
food, showers and clean clothing. . . . and a criminal background check.
Man survives and flees New Orleans with family only to be
arrested in Atlanta for "panhandling" to feed his family
Authorities say an illness that caused diarrhea and
vomiting among hundreds of hurricane survivors sheltered at the
Astrodome in Houston has been contained.
Randi Rhodes Show Exposes FEMA, Failures, Fraud & Florida
FEMA: Florida Election Management Agency
New Orleans Environment
Mercury News: Katrina Timeline
Timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and flood control projects
in New Orleans under the Bush administration
timeline of Katrina events, courtesy of Keith Olbermann
What Happened When - timeline from factcheck.org
Katrina response timeline: Think Progress