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Originally posted by CatHerder
Ok, so let me get things straight.
Number 1: the camps were empty and there was not a single disaster victim there - and you took no photos of any
Number 2: everyone going to this camp will have next to no posessions or no posessions at all
Number 3: the police allowed you in,
and told you that you couldn't leave different types of food or clothing otherwise somebody sometime might consider that to be unfair (that they didn't get the same "treat" their neighbour had)
and you couldn't leave food that needed to be cooked so they wouldn't have to worry about accidental fires burning anything down and causing even more grief for the disaster victims and FEMA's reputation
Number 4: there are some ambulances, and EMTs at the "main cabin"- and you took some photos of them
Number 5: there is a fire truck or two - and you took some photos of them
Number 6: staff onsite had cellphone radios and a local satellite tower for communications - and you took some photos of it
Number 7: there are state police at the entrance - and you took photos of their vehicles
Well gosh, you sure got me there. This totally sounds like mistreated hostages in an internment camp. Where are your photos of the barbed wire and minefields?
You were suprised and shocked that they didn't want to accept your clothes and food donations even though they've been saying on the TV and radio and websites for a few days that anyone wanting to donate should "donate money" or volunteer time with the Red Cross or their local church organization(s)?
Could it possibly be that you are jumping to conclusions and over-sensationalizing things similar to what you did with the volcanic activity in Washington state a while back? As I recall you were "extremely alarmed" yet (as all the scientists said it would) it vented some gas and let off a minor eruption.
and perhaps donate money to a disaster charity.
Originally posted by mOjOm
Does it seem to strange to anyone else that within a matter of days FEMA has leased this whole place, set up complete communications, security, staff, organized id and housing systems, setup a system of rules which everyone has already been trained to understand, prepared organized buckets of toys for the kiddies, racks of clothes, etc. etc. etc...???
For a government agency that didn't even show up until almost a week after the crisis hit, it sure seems a bit odd that something like this would come together so well so soon.
Originally posted by FredT
Any evidence of a mobile canteen or anything?
Any evidence that FEMA is buying up supplies from local stores or is it all being shipped in?
Originally posted by TheShroudOfMemphis
Maybe the 'razor wire fences' will go up after the camp is filled and communications are cut? It's pretty easy to assemble a fence and gaurd boundry.
Originally posted by Valhall
Well, that could be the case, angie. But there are reportedly "families" going to be housed at certain cabins.
Originally posted by justyc
what will be the consequences of a large amount of desperate, depressed and displaced people being so cut off from normal life (ie tvs, computers, phones, jobs, shopping, freely being abe to come & go etc) staying in one of these camps for 5 months? what are they going to be doing in this camp every single day - sit around the camp fire and sing kumbaya?
there are toys & family cabins, but who is going to be teaching the children?
will they be able to use the phones set up for the 'hosts' use to stay in touch with their families or will they be denied contact with the outside world?
finally, would you be willing to sneak up in a 'through the woods' way to find a way to view the camp if you are denied access once the people are in there (& as your church no longer owns its cabin you will not be able to use 'checking the cabin' as an excuse)
Originally posted by Zeta_101
I have a single question though, Why 5 months? It kind of seems too long to let such population stay there for a while ... I know they may have lost their jobs, houses, infact some of their loved ones ... but 5 months? Now if they can't talk with the outside world (correct?) and must live there for 5 months without any word to their relatives that they are indeed there ... it looks like some sort of secret camp ... hopefully they'll treat them well and we won't hear rumors of dying refugees because of 'accidents' ... if you get my point.
Originally posted by thematrix
The people are said not to be allowed to leave the camp for any reason for at least 5 months.
What is not being allowed to leave a location in the middle of nowhere for 5 months called then if it isn't detention or detainment?