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Bush visits disaster area a third time to try to allay criticisms

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:596
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    President George Bush has sent many top officials to the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina and made his third visit to the area on Monday in an effort to blunt nationwide criticism that his administration was unaware of the magnitude of the disaster and flooding and slow to respond.

    He was briefed for his third visit by the coast guard rear admiral Thad Allen, who has taken over the running of the recovery operation from Michael Brown, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Brown resigned his post on Monday and was replaced by David Paulison, who became acting head of the agency. Paulison is former chief of the Miami fire department, with experience of emergency relief following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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