Salazar wants panel to review hurricane response |

Salazar wants panel to review hurricane response

DENVER ” An independent panel like the one that reviewed events surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should be formed to examine the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Ken Salazar said.

Salazar, D-Colo., on Sunday visited the former Lowry Air Force Base where about 375 hurricane evacuees are staying. He said it appears the ball was dropped at the national and state levels after the hurricane.

“There are hard questions that need to be asked,” Salazar said.

He said the government needs to focus on the three Rs of disaster preparation: readiness, response and recovery.

“I think what Hurricane Katrina shows is that we’re not yet ready to respond to these kinds of disasters,” Salazar said.

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The senator last week urged President Bush to fire Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown. Brown was relieved of his duties in the Gulf Coast on Friday.

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