- Disaster response efforts hampered by lack of federal funding
- Disaster response efforts hampered by lack of coordination across agencies
- Disaster response efforts hampered by lack of National Guard troops who are over-stretched by their presence in the
Middle East. Said Sen. Jim Webb, himself a decorated war verteran, "Extended troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan compromise the long-term ability of states to respond adequately to natural disasters of this magnitude . . . "
- One million or more US citizens displaced due to the disaster—1 million southern California residents displaced from their homes, mostly in San Diego county in the SoCal fires, 25 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since Hurricane Katrina
Both the Hurricane Katrina disaster rescue disaster and the 2007 SoCal fires disaster are blazing examples of fallout from political decisions higher up the chain.