A congressman published some of former FEMA-director Michael Brown's emails during the crisis. Here's an exchange between Brown and one of his people on the ground (pdf):
From: Marty Bahamonde
Date: Wed Aug 31
Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical. Here some (sic) things you might not know.
Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food and water, Hundreds still being rescued from their homes....we are out of food and running out of water at the dome ...
Brown's response? "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"
Full email here: brown.emails.pdf (pdf)