DailyKos is keeping a tally of some of the disaster assistance that FEMA (U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency) has ignored, refused, or impeded. The comments contain additional items, and I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course everyone has a theory as to how this could happen. What little I know of history suggests that it’s never just one thing, but more likely a combination of ignorance, incompetence, negligence, turf wars, intent, and manipulation from outside. I’m not sure which of those is scariest.