This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The struggle to get victims of Hurricane Katrina the help they need introduced; statistics cited. [President BUSH - says the government is in for the long haul.]
(Houston: Steve Osunsami) The strain on the social system to help the evacuees examined; scenes shown from Houston where people lined up to get debit cards from the aid agencies; details given about the FEMA disaster recovery centers. [Five PEOPLE - react & complain.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Statement from Bush about federal debit card eligibility noted.
(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The unfolding human drama in New Orleans in which government representatives are dealing with the holdouts refusing to evacuate featured; scenes shown of armed police & National Guard going house-to-house, handcuffed residents, people leaving on trucks & of Vice President Dick Cheney viewing damages in Gulfport, Mississippi. [Police Supt. Eddie COMPASS- says weapons will be taken.] [MAN - comments.] [Oklahoma National Guard Fred BIBLE, Chris MONTGOMERY - call it "surreal."] The high estimates of the cost & recovery cited.
(White House: Terry Moran) The certainty of a political fight over how to pay for the regional recovery & support of the victims examined; details given about funding for this state of emergency in the Gulf coast region. [Senator Harry REID - guesses at cost.] [Secretary of Treasury John SNOW- comments on the disaster.] [Center on Budget & Policy Priorities Robert GREENSTEIN- says we have to respond to Katrina, so taxes are needed.] [Representative Mike PENCE, White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - comment on future costs.] The gigantic cost of the retirement of the baby boomers over decades noted.
(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The location of Hurricane Ophelia updated; map shown.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A closer look at the federal relief agency FEMA, which folded into the Department of Homeland Security, introduced.
(Washington: Lisa Stark) How FEMA responded to Hurricane Katrina reviewed; details given about the calls from National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour & New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin about the coming storm & his warning about the storm surge. [MAYFIELD - comments on what he did.] [August 28, FEMA director Michael BROWN- says FEMA is ready.] [FEMA HQ employees union president Leo BOSNER- says we knew this was not enough.] The dismantling of FEMA under the Department Homeland Security outlined. [King County Office of Emergency Management Eric HOLDEMAN- notes the lack of support for natural disasters.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) National Center for Missing Children's statistics on children still separated from their parents after Hurricane Katrina cited.
(Houston: Barbara Pinto) The challenges in reuniting the families split by the storm featured; photos shown of the missing children. [Took in children, Charles SPOTTS- talks about the young kids.] [Center for Missing Children & Exploited Children Lee REED- comments on the data bases.] [Houston police Officer Matthew DEXTER- comments.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The American Red Cross hotline number listed.
(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.
(New Orleans: Dan Harris) Efforts to help the animals marooned in the flood waters after Hurricane Katrina featured; scenes shown from New Orleans of dogs stranded & being rescued. [Arizona paramedic Rachel CARLSON - talks about the pets; recounts a dog story.] [Jeannette GARY - reunites with her dog.]