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Ms. Melanie Sloan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 11 DuPont Circle N.W., 2ndFloor Washington, DC 20036 RE: Freedom of Information Act Request FOIA Case Number: 05-263 Dear Ms. Sloan:

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This letter is a partial response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated September 7,2005. In your request you asked for the following records/information: What portion of the $3.1 billion appropriated to DHS in fiscal year 2005 for emergency preparedness to "support the Nation's ability to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from natural and manmade disasters" was spent to prepare for potential hurricanes on the Gulf Coast of the United States and on potential flooding in New Orleans; The amount of money diverted from emergency preparedness for and response to natural disasters to emergency preparedness for and response to acts of terrorism and the rationale behind any such diversion; Studies, assessment, presentations, or scenarios of the potential devastation a powerful hurricane could wreak on the Gulf Coast, including, but not limited to the eight-day tabletop exercise conducted in July 2004 and intended to prepare FEMA for a catastrophic hurricane in New Orleans; Plans created regarding the federal government's response to any such scenarios; The potential breaching of the levees that would lead to Lake Pontchartrain flooding New Orleans and the response to such breaches; and Communications from anyone employed by or associated with the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the problems with and weakness of the levees surrounding New Orleans, the potential breaching of the levees and the consequences of such breaches, as well as proposed repairs or other construction to the levees. In addition, your letter stated that "CREW further seeks all memoranda, communications and records of any kind and from any source, regardless of format, medium, or physical characteristics, from August 26, 2005 through to the present, discussing or mentioning in any way:
1. Requests for emergency assistance from local government officials in Mississippi and Louisiana in response to hurricane Katrina;

Requests from local government officials in Mississippi and Louisiana for assistance in preparing for hurricane Katrina, including, but not limited to communications requesting assistance in evacuating residents of Mississippi and Louisiana from the areas in the hurricane's path; Communications between the White House and FEMA regarding the preparation for and response to the damage caused by hurricane Katrina; Communications regarding the conditions in the New Orleans Convention Center; Communications regarding the need for transportation to evacuate victims of the hurricane from the city of New Orleans as well as communications regarding the need for food and water for victims stranded in New Orleans; Communications from Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-LA) requesting federal assistance and any response to Congressman Boustany; Communications regarding offers by corporations and foreign government's to assist the victims of the hurricane Katrina and FEMA's responses to such offers; Communications between FEMA director Michael Brown and cabinet officials either before or after the hurricane regarding the potential and actual devastation wrought by the hurricane and the federal government's response to the devastation; Communications regarding the plan to evacuate victims of the hurricane to Charleston, South Carolina and the misrouting of the plane carrying the evacuees to Charleston, West Virginia; 10. Communications regarding the deployment of the National Guard to New Orleans to assist in evacuation and relief efforts; 11. Communications regarding the inclusion of Operation Blessing, a Virginia based charity run by evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, on EEMA's primary list of charities to which people were asked to donate money to assist hurricane relief efforts; and 12. Communications regarding the limitations placed on journalists and photographers, including, but not limited to, efforts to prevent photographers from taking pictures of the corpses of hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. In responding to a FOIA request, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA's) search will include responsive records in its control on the date the search began. FEMA's search began September 24,2005. Your request is granted in part at no cost to you. Enclosed are releasable portions of records responsive to item 6 in the second part of your request. After thorough legal , review of these documents, I have determined that portions of them are exempt from disclosure under exemption 6 of the Freedom of Information Act of 1974,5 U.S.C. 552, as amended. We are releasing a total of 33 pages, of which 2 are released in part, and 31 pages are released in their entirety. We are withholding cell phone numbers under FOIA Exemption 6. Exemption 6 exempts from disclosure records the release of which would cause a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. The interest of the general public in reviewing these

portions of government documents does not outweigh the individuals' right to privacy. The release of this information adds no detail about agency activities, the core purpose of the FOIA. I am the official responsible for this determination. You may appeal this determination within 60 days from the date of this letter. Your appeal should include copies of your original request and this response, as well as a discussion of the reasons supporting your appeal. The envelope should be plainly marked to indicate that it contains a Freedom of Information Act appeal. If you decide to appeal, please send your appeal to: Freedom of Information ActfPrivacy Act Appeals U.S. Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building 410 Washington, DC 20528 FEMA will continue to search for additional documents that may be responsive to your request. Because of the broad scope of your request, responsive records may be located at various offices within FEMA. Each office will respond via separate correspondence with their respective records. In addition, while searching for responsive records, we located seven pages that may be responsive to your request that contain information originating from the Department of Health and Human Services. Because the majority of information in these records had originated with HHS, we referred the pages to them for direct response to you. For your information, your FOIA request including your identity, the information made available, is releasable to the public under subsequent FOIA requests. In response to these requests, FEMA does not release personal privacy information, such as home address, telephone numbers or Social Security Numbers all of which are protected from disclosure under FOIA exemption 6. Thank you for your interest in FEMA's programs and policies.

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Bailey, Leshe Tuesday, September 20, 2005 1l:33 PM Koshgarian, Susan Nelson, Jason

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Thanks for following up on this Susan!

From: Koshgarian, Susan Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 4:48 PM To: Harrington, Richard; Grable, Bryon; Erickson, Scott Cc: Bailey, Leslie; Earman, Margie Subject: FW: question Importance: High
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Thanks for your assistance with this inquiry. I spoke to Ann Atchinson (sp?) at the phone number (225 267 2958) you provided below. Ann said she would ask Gail Hueth, the Incident Business Advisor, to contact me with an update for Ms.Lucht. As can be expected, the phone numbers with a 225 area code are busy now. Can Gail contact Ms. Lucht by phone (Satellite Phone # : 1-254-377-2878) and email me to update the status of Ms. Lucht's contract activity?
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Susan Koshgarian Congressional Relarions Specialist Oflce of Legislative Affairs Federal Etnergency Managemenr Agenc?: Depar~nlen~ Homeland Sec rig! of (202) 646-3373

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Should Becky Lucht, the food servlctj contractor. call the n u r n ~ e r bzlou at thz L.4 J F O Y anm not clear ~ v h a ~ a c k ' j t lngranharn is doing with this. Thanks Susan -----Original Message----From: Earman, Margie Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7: I4 Ahl To: Koshgarian, Susan Cc: Yi, YunChong; Hepler, Megs Subject: FW: question Here you go. M. -----Original Message----From: Grable, Bryon Sent: Monday, September 19, ZOO5 S:43 P M To: Erickson, Scott; Gallagher, Mark: Earman. Margie; Robinson, Tony: Harrinzton. Richard Subject: RE: question That is being worked by Jack Ingranharn with ESF-4 -----Original blessage----From: Ericksop, Scott Sent: Monday, September 19, ZOO5 7:20 Pbl To: Gallagher, Mark; Earman. M a r g ~ z :Robinson, Tony; Harrington, Richard: Grable. Bryon Subject: Re: question S h e needs to get in touch with the a r e a command for USFS i n the J F O T h a t ' s the IMT for k a t r i n a 225267 2958 2252672805 Should be two good n u m b e r s
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-----Original Message----From: Gallagher, Mark <Mark.Gallagher@fema.gov> To: Earman, Margie <Margie.Earrnan3fema.gov>; Robinson, Tony <Tony Rob~nson@fe~na.gov>: Harringtoi~. Richard <Richard.flarrington@fema.gov>: Grable. Bryon ~ B r y o n . G r a b l e @ f z r n a . g o ~ Erickron. Scott <Scott.Erickson@femla.gov> >: Sent: Mon Sep 19 l8:jO:X 2005 Subject: RE: question

Can you coordinate this asset? Mark Gallagher DHSIFEMA Region I 99 High Street Boston, MA 02 1 10 (6 17) 956-7504 FAX 46.1 7) 956-7507

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-----Original Message----From: Earnian, Margie Sent: Monday, September 19,2005 17:05 To: Robinson, Tony; Gallagher, Mark Subject: FW: question Can either of you answer this question'.' -----Original Message----From: EST-ESF06 Sent: Monday, September 19,2005 5.0 l PM To: Earman, Margie; EST-DIR; EST-DEPUTY; EST-ESFI 1 Cc: Koshgarian, Susan; Hepler, Megs; Yi, YunChong Subject: RE: question Hello Ms. Earman, Ms. Lucht's kitchen deployment is likely handled by the Louisiana JFO ESF 6 contact. He would be a good place to start in tracking down her deployment orders. Doug Erickson is his name and his phone is 703-946-2 1 3. We don't get information on specific deployment orders here at the NRCC.

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Thanks, Erin, NRCC ESF 6 ESF-6 EST Desk 1: (202) 646-2446 -----Original Message----From: Earman, Margie Sent: Monday, September 19,2005 4:46 PM To: EST-DIR; EST-DEPUTY: EST-ESF06: EST-ESFI I Cc: Koshgarian, Susan; Hepler, Megs; Yi, YunChong Sublttct: FW: question Can any of you shed any light? M. -----Original Message----From: Koshgarian, Susan Sent: Monday, September 19,2005 4: 18 PM To: Earman, Margie . Subject: FW: question thanks Margie

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-----Original Message----- I From: Bailey, Leslie Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 4:05 PM To: Price, Alyson Cc: Koshgarian, Susan Subject: FW: question Alyson, This is in the same vein as the other question you're tracking through Mass Care. If you're still working the previous inquiry, can you check on this one too? Thanks! Leslie
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I'm in Baton Rouge at the LA Congressional brieting with some of your staff. Leslie and I will check on this for you.
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-----Original Message----From: Dobrozsi, Jeff <Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov> To: Jim Schumann (James.Schumann@dhs.gov) <James.Schumann@dhs.gov>; 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' <Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov>; 'leslie.bailey@dhs.pov' <Leslie.Bailey@dhs.gov> Sent: Mon Sep 19 1 5 5 7 : 16 2005 Subject: question
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Cowboy Catering out of Rivenon, Wyo Name: Becky Lucht Info: Private Contractor from Wyoming, working for company located in Boise, Idaho. Curren ly waiting 80 miles from New Orleans with a Kitchen Staging Unit, able to feed over 2,000 people. Cannot seem to get a assignment for where she's needed. Satelite Phone # : 1-254-377-2878 She is telling me that she conkacted with the National Emergency Coordination Center and was in Mississippi on assignment. She was told to wait for another assignment but hasn't heard anything
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Dobrozsr, Jeff [Jeff Dobrozs~@marl house gov] Monday, September 19,2005 4 17 P M 'Nelson, Jason' RE quest~on

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----- Origlnal Message----From: Nelson, Jason Cma~lto:Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov] Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 4:03 PM To: Dobrozsi, Jeff Cc: 'leslie.bailey@dhs.gov' Subject: Re: question I'm in Baton Rouge at the LA Congressional brlefing wltn some of your staff. Leslie and I will check on this for you.

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----- Original Message----From: Dobrozsi, Jeff <Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov> To: Jim Schumann (James.Schumann@dhs.gov) <James.Schumann@dhs.gov>; jason.nelson@dhs.gov' <Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov>; 'lesli~e.bailey@dhs.gov' <Leslle.Bailey@dhs.gov> Sent: Mon Sep 19 15:57:16 2005 Subject: question Cowoo.; ' : r n 5elg Name: out of Rlverton, Wyo
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She is tellinq me that she contracted with the Nationai Emergency Coordination Center and was in Mississippi on ssignment. . She was told to wait for another assignment but hasn't heard anything Can you help get Becky an answer? Thanks --Jeff Dobrozsi Chief of Staff Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D.

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I'm in Baton Rouge at the LA Congressional briefing with some of your staff. Leslie and I will check on this for you.

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-----Original Message----From: Dobrozsi, Jeff <Jeff.Dobrozs~@ma~l.house.gov> To: Jim Schumann (James.Schumann@dhs.gov) <James.Schumann@dhs.gov>; 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' <Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov>; 'leslie.bailey@dhs.govl <Leslie.Bailey@dhs.gov> Sent: Mon Sep 19 15:57:16 2005 Subject: question

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She is telling me that she contracted with the National Emergency Coordination Center and was in Mississippi on assignment. She was told to wait for another assignment but hasn't heard anything Can.you help get Becky an answer? Thanks

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Nelson, Jason Monday, September 19,2005 4: 16 PM 'Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail. house.govt Re: question

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----- Origlnal Message----From: Nelson, Jason [mailto:Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov] Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 4:03 PM To: Dobrozsi, Jeff Cc: 'leslie.bailey@dhs.gov' Subject: Re: question I'm in Baton Rouge at the LA Congressional briefing with some of your staff. Leslie and I will check on this for you.

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She is telllng me that she contracted wlth the Natlonal Emergency Coordination Center and was in Misslsslppl on assignment. She was told to wait for another assignment but hasn't heard anything Can you help get Becky,an answer? Thanks --Jeff ~ 6 6 ~ o z s i

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Dobrozsi, Jeff [Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov] Sunday, September 04, 2005 11:20 AM 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov'; 'James.Schumann@dhs.gov'

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I wanted to follow up on 2 things from the conference call yesterday t h a t Rep. Boustany meniloned.
Our district include Cameron, Calcasieu, Acadia, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, St. Landry,. Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes
rn Portable showers --- Anthony Enunons wlth MBI Induscrles can builda number of them qulckly. Who do I need to talk to about gettlng approval and to s t a r t thls? Anthony Emrnons 1s a local LA company and can be reached at337.250.5616 o r 337.334.570i. h~tp://www.mblndustr~es.com/Default.as~

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Jeff, on the first one which names the parishes, what are you looking for? Showers:

Took request to our Ops. They refered it to ESF-4, who deals with base camps. They said yes they need showers and took the information. While tracking down another lnqulry with army corps of engeers, they over saw our notes on the showers and aske abouc them. They too have a need for showers and took the information too.

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I wanted to follow up on 2 things from the conference call yesterday that Re? Boustany mentioned.

Our district include Cameron, Calcasieu, Acadia, jefferson Davis, Evangeline, St. Landry, Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes

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Portable showers --- Anthony Emrnons with MBI Industries can bullda number of them quickly. Who do I need to talk to about gettlng approval and to start thls? Anthony ~mmon.$ is a local LA company and can be reached at 337.250.5616 or 337.334.5701. http://www.mb~ndustr~es.com/Default.asp

Jeff Dobrozsi Chief of Staff Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D.

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Fortier. Evelyn (Vitter) [~velyn-Fortier@vit:ei.senate.gov] Friday, September 02. 2005 4:57 PM Rennegarbe, Patricia Bossert, Thomas; Schumann, James RE: FEMA Advisory - Response to Hurricane Katrina

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Thank ,you. Evelyn Fortler Office of Senator Davld Vltter Legislative Dlrector and Chlef Counsel 516 Hart Senate 0ff;ce Building Washington, DC 20510 Tel.: 202-224-4623 Fax: 202-228-5061 E-mail: evelyn- fortier@vitter.senate.gov

From: Rennegarbe, Patricia [mailto:Patricia.Rennegarbe@dhs.gov] Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 4:46 PM To: 'Alexander - Rebecca Barham'; 'Baker - Paul Sawyer'; Tiner, Mark (Landrieu); 'McCrery - Clayton Hall'; 'Rep. Boustany'; 'Rep. Jefferson'; 'Rep. Jindal'; 'Rep. Jindal'; 'Rep. Melancon'; 'Rep. Melancon'; 'Rep. Melancon'; Richey, Allen (Landrieu); Gesser, Herman ; (Landrieu); Stanley, Chris (Vitter) Joslyn, Lara (Vitter); Fortier, Evelyn (Vitter! Subject: PEMA Advisory - Response to Hurricane Katrina

Good Afternoon, Jason Nelson asked me to send you this information. Included in this Advisory - Update to FEMA's Response to Hurricane Katrina:
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<<Congressional Advisory 6 - 9.2.05.doc>> We have included the information below for individual's with Blackberry access. RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE Hurricane Katrina Donation Hotline:

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FEMA DONATIONS HOTLINE: 1-800-440-6728.
Please be advised that in addition to the information on the F E W Website, the FEMA Donation Hotline is now operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be aware, you and your constituents may experi~ncedelays as we try to assist t h e thousands of generous individuals who wish to give to the victims of Hurricane K a r ~ l n a .
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F E W continues to coordinate with State emergency ~ f f i c i a l swithin county emergency

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F E W c0ntinue.s to push out crltical commodities to the ~rnpactedareas, inclb,ding meals ready to eat, water, ~ c e , medical supplies and generators. Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of homes and bujln=sses, was followed b y a second disaster, that of a great flood. Thebdevastation from :he storm stretches 90,000 square miles across the Gulf States.
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* This is a time for our naticn to band together and lend a helping hand to our fellow citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services and casn donations to the response effort have been overwhelming, demonstrating the humanity in the wake of disaster.
Locating Miss'ing and Stranded Individuals: In order to assist the coast Guard In identifying and location stranded individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina, they strongly recommend that if you are aware of a stranded individual, that you visit this website:
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and complete the missing and stranded persons form, and it will be fed directly to rescue operations. In addition, this website has additional, emergency ?hone numbers to assist with the recovery efforts. http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Tcpics/PblicSafety/Hurricane -Katrina-Recovery.shtm1 Life Saving gf forts : Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces are working in Louisiana and Mississippi. Eight swift water teams from California are also dsployed makine a total of nearly 1,800 personnel.
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Security: The unruly behavior of residents of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina has not only been a great disappointment but a danger to their fellow citizens. With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an additional 1,100 arriving Thursday, another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on Saturday, security of victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will be much improved. A total of 27,000 members of the National Guard will be deployed tc the affected areas. For those in Louisiana, the National Guard is assisting with security around the evacuations.
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From: Shumate, Fred [mailto:Fred.Shumate@mail.house.gov] Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 6 : l l PM To: Nelson, Jason Subject: shelter possibility

Vacant Wal-Mart owned by the local government in Opelousas, LA. 80,065 sq. ft. 5590 Hwy 1-49 near the

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From: Dobrozsi, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov] Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 11:44 AM To: '3ames.Schumann@dhs.gov'; 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' Subject: L hospitals A

As a doctor, Rep. Boustany is getting calls from many colleagues who are trying to'pr ide aid. There are especially deteriorating conditions in NOLA hospitals. There are groups attacking the ospitals looking for food. water, drugs and the medical personnel have been on call for 4 days. They are trying to sustain life for patients but efforts are being hindered by the gangs. It is important to get protection for these facilities and the medical personnel not only in NOLA but in the areas that people have evacuated to. Please let me know if there is anything you can do
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I suppose this is already known?

From: Dobrozsi, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail. house.gov] Sent: Thursday, ~ e ~ t e m b'01, ZOO5 1l:44 AM er To: 'James.Schumann@dhs:gov'; 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' Subject: LA hospitals

As a doctor, Rep. Boustany is getting calls from many colleagues who are trying to provide aid. There are espec~ally deteriorating conditions in NOLA hospitals. There are groups attacking the hospitals IooMng for food, water, drugs and the medical personnel have been on call for 4 days. They are trying to sustain life for patients but efforts are being hindered by the gangs. It is important to get protection for these facilities and the medical personnel not only in NOLA but in the areas that people have evacuated to. Please let me know if the& is anything you can do

Jeff Dobrozsi Chief of Staff Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D.

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-----Original Message----From: Nelson, Jason <Jason.Nelson@fema.gov> To: Deshong, Casey <Casey. Deshongefema. gov> Sent: Thu Sep 01 13:49:49 2005 Subject: RE: Rep. Boustany Request (from the Member) Jim didn't all he said was the guy was in the LA EOC based on his conversation with Rep Boustany. Message----From: Deshong, Casey Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 1:29 PM To: Nelson, Jason Subject: Re: Rep. Boustany Request (from the Member) Do you have a phone number?

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----- Original Message----From: Nelson, Jason <Jason.Nelson@fema.gov> To: Deshong, Casey <Casey.Deshong@fema.gov> Sent: Thu Sep 01 13:19:13 2005 Subject: Rep. Boustany Request (from the Member) Casey, Jim just spoke with the Congressman and he would like for you rc coordinate the following: Jim wants you to find a guy by the name of D E E Lennie (sp???). Dan is in the LA EOC, he's with the Acadia Ambulance EMS and they want to bring folks in L o assistance under a mutual aid agreement. Dan says Acadia has a plan they would like to discuss with the state. Its the Congressman's understanding that local ambulance service 1 s inactive at this time. Dan says they have a viable plan to help. Jim wants you to fzcilitate talks between our FEMP. rep, the state and Dan Lennie. Jason

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Sent: Nelson, Jason Thursday, September 01, 2005 12: 17 PM 'Dobrozsi, Jeff

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Subject: RE: LA hospitals you're welcome, Jeff, anytime!

From: Dobrozsi, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov] Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 12:16 PM To: 'Nelson, Jason' Subject: RE: LA hospitals
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From: Nelson, Jason [mailto:Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov] Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 12:12 PM To: Dobrozsi, Jeff Subject: RE: LA hospitals
As explained in our briefing on Tuesday, hospitals are a top priority. The Louisiana State Police are the appropriate authority to respond to this situation. The numbers we have for them are 225-922-0344, 7708, 7709, 351 1. 7427, and 7428. FEMA is having great difficulty communicating with,personnel on the ground. Therefore, we are offering additional options. It is my understanding that the police are aware of these types of situations, but there are a myriad of logistical and navigational issues that can realistically delay the response tihe. Another option would be if you have a contact at the Governor's office. They can help to facilitate a response as well.

From: Dobrozsi, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov] Sent: Thursday, September 01, ZOOS 11:44 AM To: 'James.Schurnann@dhs.gov'; 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' Subject: LA hospitals
AS a doctor. Rep. ~ o u s t a n b getting calls from many colleagues who are trying to provide aid. There are is especially deteriorating conditions in NOLA hospitals. There are groups attacking the hospitals looking for food, water, drugs and the medical personnel have been on call for 4 days. They are trying to sustain life for patients but efforts are being hindered by the gangs. It is important to get protection for these facilities and the medical personnel not only in NOLA but in the areas that people have evacuated to. Please let me know if there is anything you can do.

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Jason,

I am unsure of the need or urgency, but International Truck and Engine has offered a shipment of potable water trucks for use in the effort. I have contacted the Louisiana office with the information, but wanted to make you all aware as well. As with everything, some complications exist. My contact with the company is Archie Masacotti. He can be reached at 630-753-2603.
Fred
Fred Shumate Legislative Assistant Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. M.D

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you're more than welcome, Jeff, anytime. In addition, we've received this inquiry from Rep. Melancon and Putnam. Once I get'your response we can move to the next step.

From: Nelson, Jason Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:33 PM To: 'Dobrozsi, Jeff Subject: RE: assistance
Good Afternoon, Jeff:

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Specifically, if this gentlemen wants to donate his airboats then I have a Donations telephone number, but if he wants to be compensated he needs to contact the LA EOC, or LOEP to offer his assistance. If the state feels the need then they will ask FEMA to become involved. Let me know Regards, Jason
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From: Dobrozsi, Jeff [mailto:Jeff.Dobrozsi@mail.house.gov] Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:16 AM To: 'jason.nelson@dhs.gov' Subject: assistance Thanks for all the pdates you have been sendins to cur office. helpful in trying t answer questions and help people. This morning our office was contacted by the Roberr Dummett. below.

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FW: Congressional B r i e f i n g - Hurricane Katrina Response & Recovery

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Wizov, Michelle [Michelle.Wizov@mail.house.gov] Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:14 PM Nelson, Jason

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Either Jeff Dobrozsi Chief of Staff or Terri Fish LD will attend for LA District 7, Rep. Boustany. Thanks for everything!
Michelle Wizov Scheduler Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D. (LA - 7) 202-225-203 1 Office 202-225-5724 Fdx
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From: Nelson, Jason [mailto:Jason.Nelson@dhs.gov] Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:44 PM To: 'tanner~ohnson@landrieu.senate.gov';'erin.benderly@mail.house.gov'; Dawson, Mark; Rep. Aderholt; Harris, Hood; Staley, Michael; Reese, Jason; Strickland, Kelle; Spencer, Alan; Koshut, Tom; Freyer, Allan; Perkins, Daryl; Ebell, Victoria; Macomber, Marshall; Brinson, Chris; Sen. Sessions; Sen. Sessions; Sen. Shelby; Sen. Shelby; Barham, Rebecca; Sawyer, Paul; Landrieu - Mark Tiner; Hall, Clayton; Wizov, Michelle; Swetland, Jack; Allen, Kim; Daste, Erin; Roche, Jacob; O'Shea, Casey; Sen. Landrieu; Sen. Landrieu; Sen. Vitter; Stanley, Chris; Sen. Vitter; Wells, Erskine; Jack Norris - DC - Sen. Lott; Gutter,Karis; Kimberly Nelson; Avant, Lanier; Lipski, Mike; Jennings, Randy; Kimbrell, Aubert; Sen. Cochran; Sen. Lott; Irby, Susan; Sen. Lott; Shannon OKeefe; Shannon O'Keefe; T.A. Hawks - DC Sen. Cochran Subject: FW: Congressional Briefing - Hurricane Katrina Response & Recover y

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Good Afternoon Everyone, This evening at 5:00 p.m. officials from FEMA will be offering a briefing on the response and recovery efforts underway to address the needs of residents and communities of the States of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi who have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The brief ng will take place in the room S-2 1 I of the Capitol. A brief agenda is ' attached for your information.
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Due to ongoing life-sustaining operations with the stales, the briefing will be limited to I hour. If you have questions, please contact Jason Nelson or myself at (202) 646-4500. Thank You.

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From: Nelson, Jason [/O=ORGANIZ.ATION/OU=FEbI~AUS/CN=RECIP[ENTS/CN=JASON NELSON] Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:44 Ph? To: 'Alexander - Rebecca Barham'; 'Baker - Paul Sawyer'; 'Landrieu - Mark Tiner'; 'McCrery - Clayton Hall'; 'Rep. Boustany'; 'Rep. Boustan>r4: 'Rep. Jefferson'; 'Rep. Jindal': 'Rep. elkc con'; 'Rep ivlelancon'; 'Sen. Landrieu'; 'Sen. Landrieu'; 'Sen. Vitter'; 'Sen. Vitter'; 'Sen. Vitter' Subject: Hurricane Katrina Preparedness Efforts

Good Afternoon, Everyone: As a precautionary measure the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Office of Legislative ~ f f a i r s (OLA) wanted to alert all Congressional offices representing the State of Louisiana that FEMA is monitoring the track of Hurricane Katrina very closely along with our partners in Lou~siana at local levels. Just in case the storm shifts further to the west and the OLA wanted to ensure that your offices have all the necessary information n preparation for the potential effects of the hurricane. The points below are for y as your constituencies.

* Based on recent news reports that some folks may be blowing Katrina off as jukt a wind and rain event
compared to last year's storms, FEMA is concerned that people aren't taking the necessary precautions. We encourage people to take this storm's approach very seriously and pay careful attention, following local emergency recommendations and evacuation orders. hllake appropriate preparations to ensure the safety of your family and property

* A principle concern from this storm I S that i t is a slow moving rainmaker, only a few inches of r n l n can cause flooding and moderate winds could easily uproot trees. Power outages could be a problem lor this reason Residents should also take extra precautions to avoid fast moving water, and never drive through standing water even in areas that appear passable
K~trina's Contin i ~ e d Progress: As Hurricane Katrina moves through the Gulf as a dangerous category 5, residents along the gulf coastal regions should be following local emergency officials' direction Action must be taken now If you are in a mandatory evacuation area, you should leave your home If you are unable to evacuate the are , evacuation to a shelter is critical T h ~ is a storm with incredibly strong s winds and signific n t storm surge potential. Landfall is currently expected late Sunday evening, with the eye of the storm arriving Monday morning.

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President Bush has declared (Saturday night) an emergency for the State of Louisiana opening up FEbl.4'~ ability to move into the state and assist the state and local governments with mobilizing resources and preparations to save lives and property from the impact of Hurricane Katrina. The funding and direct Federal assistance will assist law enforcement with evacuations, establishing shelters and other emergency protective measures, such as allon ing FEMA to deploy Urban ' Search & Rescue teams (US&R) and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) FEMA is moving supplies of water, ice and b E s ' into the state as ivell as s t q i n g US&R and DMATs in the state and rezion. FEMA continues td be staged throuphout the Gulf Coast replan with emergency supplies includins water, ice, Meals-Ready-to-Eat @'IRES), tarps and US&R task forces and Dh4ATs personnel for immediate l i fe-saving and sustaining response anywhere needed ADDITIONAL NFORMATION

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FENIA and the State of Louisiana for the last year have been conduct~nz disaster planning specifid to the City of New Orleans and a categorv I or 5 hurricane impact due to the catastrophic circumstances such an event would create

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FERIA Readiness Throughout Gulf States: FEMA's Regional Offices in Atlanta. Georgia, and Denton, Texas, are monitoring Hurricane Katrina's progess through the Gulf and are closely coordinating with Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama state Emergency Operations Centers
FEMA Advance Emergency Response Teams have been deployed to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. Eighteen DMATs and 3 US&R task forces have been deployed to the region for further dispatch when needed. Water, ice, Meals-Ready-to-Eat @IRES), tarps and other commodities are pre-positioned in Federal staging areas in and around the states that could be impacted, ready for mobilization if needed.

I suggest, if you haven't done so already, reaching out for contact information from the county emergency managers, local law enforcement agencies, and fire departments in your respective districts as they will be the first responders in affected areas if and when the storm makes landfall. They will forward any requests for assistance and support to the Louisiana Officeof Emergency Preparedness FEMA is coordinating activities of other Federal departments and agencies and with your state agencies to prepare for a possible rapid response.
Attached fot your information is "A Guide To The Disaster Declaration Process and Federal Disaster Assistance " I have also attached for your information a list of websites and phone numbers to call for information on tracking the path of the storm, shelters, preparedness and mitigation measure$, donations, and State POCs. For more information on preparedness for individuals, such as creating a "go kit," a family cornrnunication plan and hurricane-proofing a house, go to www ready gov or www.fema gov.

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I will be in the office throughout today and the weekend preparing for the effects of Hurricane Katrina. You can reach me via the contact information listed below and I also have blackberry capability. However, if for some reason you cannot reach me, please feel free to contact the Director of OLA, at James ~ c h u k n n 202-84 1-27 I 3. or the Deputy Director, Thomas Bossert at 202-306-2036. I hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions now or in the future, please feel free to contact me.
Best regards',

J a s o n Nelson Congressional Relations Officer Office of Legislative Affairs Federal Emergency M a n a g e m e n t Agency Department of Homeland Security 500 C Stt-eet, SW, Suite 820 Washington, DC 20472 E: iaSdn.nelsqn@dhs.qov
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NELSON] Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 3 : ; s Pbl To: 'Alexander - Rebecca Barham': 'Baker - Paul Sawyer'; 'Landrieu - ;\/larkTiner'; 'MlcCrer-y - Clayton Hall'; 'Rep. Boustany'; 'Rep. Boustan).'. 'Rep. Jefferson'; 'Rep. Jindal'; 'Rep. ivlel~ancon'; 'Rep. Melancon'; 'Sen. Landrieu'; 'Sen. Vitter'; 'Sen. Vi tter' Subject: Hurricane Katrina Preparedness Efforts Good Afternoon, Everyone: As a precautionary measure the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEILIA) O f i c e of Legislar~ve Affa~rs (OLA) wanted to alert all Congressional offices representing the State of Louisiana that F E M A is monitoring the track of Hurricane Katrina very closely along with our partners in Louisiana and at local levels OLA wants to ensure that your offices have all the necessary information needed i n preparation for the potential effects of the hurricane The points below are for your information as well as your constituencies'

* FEMA is pre-posi tioning supplies of ice, water and meals-ready -to-eat (ivREQ)in Federal staging areas in the southeast for timely dispatch if needed. FEMA is also ready with rapid needs assessment teams to move into damaged areas if needed * Based on recent news reports that some folks may be blowing Katrina off as just a wind and rain event compared to last year's storms, FEhIA is concerned that people aren't taking the necessary precautions. We encourage people to take this storm's approach very seriously and pay careful attention, folIo\i.inf local emergkncy recommendations and evacuation orders. Make appropriate preparations to ensure the safety of your family and property.
* A principle concern from this storm is that i t is a slow moving rainmaker, only a few inches of rain can cause flooding and moderate winds could easily uproot trees. Power outages-could be a problem for this reason. Residents should also .take extra precautions to avoid fast moving water, and never drive through standing water even in areas that appear passable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Katrina made landfall on Florida's east coast at Broward Countyhliami Dade County line Thursday as a category 1 hurricane and moved across Southeast Florida overnight back into the Gulf of Mesico. Residents should continue to be cautious about tornadoes forming as well as downed power lines and flooding.. For those living inland, floodins can be a serious issue as well. Listen to local officials on when to re-enter areas and move about in vour community. Residents living in the Florida panhandle to eastern Louisiana should be vigilant i n their hurricane preparations and in following local official emergency recomn~endationsand evacuation orders. Katrina is again at humcane status as i t rn,oves over the Gulf of Mesico with the possibility of being an even . stronger hurricane when making landfall Sunday or Monday. Make appropriate preparations to ensure the safety of your family and property. Flooding can be extremely dangerous as well as the most likely cause of property damage. Residents in gulf coaststates and inland up t h r o u ~ h Georgia and the Carolinas should take action now to reduce potential water damage by movins appliances. electronics, antiques. important papers and other valuables to hisher floors or hisher shelves.

I suggest, if-you haven't done so already, reaching out for contact information from the county emergency managers, local law enforcement agencies, and fire departments in your respective districts as they will be the first responders in at'fected areas if and when the storm makes landfall. They will forward any requests for assistance and support to the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. FEMA is coordinating activities of other Federal departments and asencies and with your state agencies to prepare for a possible ra$d response
Attached for your information is ".A Guide To The Disaster Declaration Process and Federal Disaster Assistance " I have also attached for your information a list of websites and phone numbers to call for information on tracking the path of the storm, shelters, preparedness and mitigation measures, donations, and State POCs For more information on preparedness for individuals, such as creating a "go kit," a family communication plan and hurricane-proofing a house, go to www ready gov or www.fema gov.

I will be in the office throughout today and the weekend preparing for the effects of Hurricane Katrina. You can reach me via the contact information listed below and I also have blackberry capability. However, if for some reason you cannot reach me, please feel free to contact the Director of OLA, James Schumann at 202-54 1-27 13, or the Deputy Director, Thomas Bossert at 202-306-2036.
I hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions now or in the future, please feel free to contact me

Best regards,

Jason Nelson Congressional Relations Officer Office o f Legislative Affairs Federal Emergency Management Agency Department of Homeland Security 500 C Street, SW, Suite 820 Washington, DC 20472

F: 202-646-3600