Brown blames state for flawed Katrina response
Ex-FEMA chief tells New York Times he alerted White House to problems
Updated: 9:42 a.m. ET Sept. 15, 2005
NEW YORK - The former FEMA director who became a lightning rod for the sluggish federal response to Hurricane Katrina put the blame on state officials in an interview with the New York Times newspaper.
Within hours of Katrinas attack on New Orleans Michael Brown said he told the White House that state officials couldnt get their act together.
"I can't get a unified command established," he said he told Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and a White House official.
Brown said he called Chertoff and White House chief of staff Andrew Card to let them know the situation was out of control.
His account suggested the White House knew right away that the storm was leaving the coast in shambles.
A top administration official told the Times that White House officials remember Browns calls, but dont think they had the urgency he recalls.
Brown resigned this week, days after being from the Katrina mission.