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Hurricane Katrina / Gulf Coast / Bush Apology / Disaster Scenarios / St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana #802968

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 13, 2005
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(Washington: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(New York: Terry Moran) An extraordinary moment in President Bush's presidency in which he apologized for the administration's failure in dealing with Hurricane Katrina featured. [BUSH - says Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government; states it is in our national interest to find out what went on so we can better respond.] Findings of an ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on Bush's job approval rating outlined on screen. [On "Nightline," FEMA employees union president Leo BOSNER†- says FEMA has been pushed off to the side.] [Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN - suggests FEMA needed better leadership & financial support.]

(Washington: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(New York: Brian Ross) The experts' view that the country is not prepared for major disaster scenarios examined; details given of planning versus urban realities. [Representative Christopher SHAYS - says the cities are unprepared for a major "dirty bomb" attack.] [New York Academy of Medicine Dr. Roz LASKER†- says the plans are flawed because of the disconnect between people & planners.] [Bioterrorism weapons specialist Kyle OLSON†- raises concerns about a Midwest earthquake.] The threat to the US of a new, rare, deadly strain of flu developing in Asia noted. [National Center for Disaster Preparedness Dr. Irwin REDLENER†- talks about the influenza scenario.]

(Washington: Elizabeth Vargas) The reopening of the New Orleans airport & the arrest of the owners of the Louisiana nursing home {St. Rita's} for not evacuating their patients before the storm hit reported.

(St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: Jeffrey Kofman) The horror in St. Bernard Parish featured; scenes shown from this Louisiana area of the sludge left behind by the sea waters & oil. [St. Bernard Parish coroner Dr. Bryan BERTUCCI†- comments on the toxicity; shows the damages to his home.] [St. Bernard Parish sheriff's office Capt. Darlene POCHE†- says everyone in the department is homeless.] [In Baton Rouge meeting, Sheriff Jack STEVENS†- warns the residents.] [MAN - reacts.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Moran, Terry;
Ross, Brian;
Kofman, Jeffrey

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