Here is a verified mistake by FEMA, and at this point, these types of cock-ups are inexcusable:
Five West Virginia Air National Guard C-130 transport aircraft sent to pick up displaced victims from Hurricane Katrina returned home empty early Wednesday, following a series of frustrating bureaucratic snafus.
“We met with obstacles everywhere we turned,” said Lara Ramsburg, communications director for Gov. Joe Manchin. “It’s been a frustrating experience.”
“To bring five planes back empty is a crying shame,” Manchin told The Associated Press.
Ramsburg said Manchin and state emergency services personnel worked with federal officials and their counterparts in states affected by the hurricane throughout the night on Sept. 1 before sending the C-130s southward.
“We weren’t going to let the planes leave here without being certain everything was in order,” she said. “But as soon as they landed in Louisiana there was chaos, and things just got more confusing. We had five aircraft on the ground Tuesday that could have been used to bring people to safety here, but they all came home empty. Not being able to help those people has been frustrating for everybody.”
On Saturday and Sunday, the West Virginia Air National Guard C-130s did make three flights that evacuated about 200 people displaced by Katrina to the 130th Airlift Wing at Charleston’s Yeager Airport, where they received medical screenings, meals, showers and clothing before being bused to Camp Dawson in Preston County.