"Folklore: The federal government was slow to respond.
Fact: 'The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne.'
For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three."
Back when this all happened, my friend Andy asked if I thought the Bush Administration response was "just a little" slow.
My answer: "compared to what"
Now we know.
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