Private Relief Agencies Banned from New Orleans: One reason why there was so much suffering in New Orleans
Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
This is from Russell Robert's website. Russell has been a frequent co-author of mine.