facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ridge says Katrina response too slow

Dec. 3, 2005 at 11:58 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge suggested a stronger regional structure might have speeded the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Ridge, in an interview with the Washington Post, declined to blame his successor, Michael Chertoff, or Michael Brown, who resigned as Federal Emergency Management Agency director after Katrina.

But he said the agency failed to put emergency plans into effect as Katrina approached.

"There just didn't seem to me to be any collaboration up front, any communication," he said. "You don't have to be a meteorologist to see a big red ball going to New Orleans to say, 'Oh, my God, this is going to be big.' Shouldn't you be over-prepared, rather than under-prepared?"

The interview was the former Pennsylvania governor's first public response to Katrina.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting
2
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
3
Brady Morton's body discovered three days after Port Huron Float Down
4
Alleged jihadist charged with killing 4 in Washington, N.J.
5
Former student pleads guilty to killing at Purdue University
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback