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The second thing we did was said, OK, we’ve now identified the risk, but what do you want to do with the money? Because it’s not enough to have risk; you’ve got to have a meaningful use for the money we give you.
So, all during the ’90s and, you know, for the first half of this decade, we had opportunities to get evacuation plans in place, better communications in place.
Now, I’m not suggesting we’re going to wait 40 years or even four years, but I think we have to put in perspective the fact that we’ve come quite a distance. We have quite a distance to come – go, as well.
The second is there are some communities that we thought originally would take mobile homes that have decided they don’t want them. And we’re not going to cram mobile homes down the throats of communities in Louisiana and the Gulf – and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
Well, I think first of all there was a failure to have real, clear information at our disposal. There was a real lack of situational awareness. We didn’t have the capabilities on the ground to give us real-time, accurate assessments of the physical condition of the city.
We’ve done it in intelligence sharing and certain elements of security. There were parts of the department, in fact, that worked very well in Katrina, like the Coast Guard and TSA.
Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants, and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula. So that was a congressional decision.