1. In the event of a national disaster (be it natural or man-made), which level of government is legally and morally responsible at the end of the day? Does our federal system of government (which is actually the mix of designated states' responsibilities, designated national responsibilities, and designated joint responsibilities) require a byzantine system of red-tape that impairs rescue and relief efforts? Does a state have to give up its powers to get federal military/government aid? (see next question)Protection -- Safeguard our people and their freedoms, critical infrastructure, property and the economy of our Nation from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Response -- Lead, manage and coordinate the national response to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Recovery -- Lead national, state, local and private sector efforts to restore services and rebuild communities after acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
3. When did federal help start arriving in Mississippi and Alabama? Before/after/same time as Louisiana? What "paperwork" did the governors sign, or was it more of a hand-shake deal?
4. What was the point of "pre-declaring" LA/MS/AL disaster areas, as was done a day or two before the storm hit? What aid is inherent in the "federal disaster area" declaration?
5. What has been the reaction of the National Guard folks from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who are stationed in Iraq? Has anyone interviewed them?