This. THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS. Having done response to several disasters, and knowing many people who have responded to several other disasters (including Katrina!), managing immediate response (and even long-term response) is no cakewalk. I personally experienced showing up to a disaster area and having literally nothing for me and my team to do because our sponsors had no idea what even needed to be done. I wound up doing my sponsor's job and made work plans for my team myself, which was a huge waste of time for everyone involved (we were on 'emergency deployment'; we literally left in the middle of another project in order to do this one, only to find out there was nothing to do... we would have preferred to stay on our previous project until the sponsors had actual work plans ready for us). Before I joined my team, they went on a Katrina project (this was... last April or May?). Even though NOLA is in the long-term recovery stage, they still suffered from inept sponsors who didn't know how to use the resources they had, and had no idea what work actually needed doing. I was told that most of the time on that project was spent driving from job site to job site--only to show up and find out the work they were supposed to do had already been done by some other organization. Idle workers make everyone look bad, and really REALLY hurts morale (especially for volunteers who are itching to help out). It's a waste of resources just to have people standing by, since they still need to be housed and fed if they're relocated (or perhaps compensated in other ways).