According to Joshua Marshall at Talking Points Memo http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2005_09_04.php#006433 FEMA really dragged their feet to get help to Katrina victims. http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_3004197
ATLANTA - Not long after some 1,000 firefighters sat down for eight hours of training, the whispering began: "What are we doing here?"
As New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded on national television for firefighters - his own are exhausted after working around the clock for a week - a battalion of highly trained men and women sat idle Sunday in a muggy Sheraton Hotel conference room in Atlanta.
Many of the firefighters, assembled from Utah and throughout the United States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, thought they were going to be deployed as emergency workers.
Instead, they have learned they are going to be community-relations officers for FEMA, shuffled throughout the Gulf Coast region to disseminate fliers and a phone number: 1-800-621-FEMA.
Check out the rest of the article because it will give you details about FEMA's incompetence.