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Years after FEMA moved Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims out of formaldehyde and mold-infested trailers, the very same government-issue dwellings are once again sheltering disaster victims.
Bought at government auctions or from entrepreneurs reselling them, the trailers are appearing in increasing number along the path of the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama and other parts of the South last month. Jacked up on cinderblocks above severed tree limbs and piles of trash, the trailers cut a lean white silhouette eerily familiar to anyone who spent time in the Gulf Coast region in the past five and half years.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that he will appeal the May 7 denials by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of disaster assistance for Virginians affected by a series of strong tornadoes during April.
The Governor made three separate requests for FEMA's Individual Assistance program... All three requests were denied. All three will be appealed. smithmountaineagle.com...
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by burntheships
Maybe it is time to dissolve FEMA?
If you want something done wrong just get the government involved.
This is NANNY STATE taken to the MAX.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by Granite
Yes, he will arrive next week to the Mid East, at the current time he is busy
impressing the British Press as the are seduced by Obama's oratory
Originally posted by redrose123
reply to post by burntheships
This is heartbreaking but not unexpected. We as Americans unfortunately are on our own, This countrys government absolutely does not want to help anyone unless your a bank etc.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
I get the point you hate FEMA.
Where natural disasters strike, political corruption is soon to follow, say the authors of a study in the Journal of Law and Economics. But it's not the wind and rain that turns good folks bad; it's the money that floods in afterwards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We find each $100 of FEMA-provided disaster relief increases the average state's corruption by nearly 102 percent," write Peter Leeson (George Mason) and Russell Sobel (West Virginia U.). "Our findings suggest that notoriously corrupt regions of the United States, such as the Gulf Coast, are in part notoriously corrupt because natural disasters frequently strike them. They attract more disaster relief, which makes them more corrupt."
Leeson and Sobel base their conclusions on a statistical model that measured the relationship between FEMA allocations and corruption in each U.S. state. The researchers quantified corruption as the number of per capita convictions of public officials for crimes such as embezzlement, accepting bribes or kickbacks, extortion and unlawful dealings with private vendors or contractors. Hurricane-prone states like Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, which receive large amounts of FEMA money, tend to have more corruption convictions per capita. States like Nebraska and Colorado, which receive almost no FEMA dollars, have least corruption. www.eurekalert.org...
Investigations by Florida's Sun-Sentinel Reporters reveal Republican Miami-Dade
County, which suffered little or no hurricane damage, received the bulk of the aid, while
Broward County, a Democratic stronghold received little. Here are over 45 stories revealing a
trail of stunning corruption and mismanagement:
FEMA gave $21 million in Miami-Dade, where storms were 'like a severe thunderstorm'
The four hurricanes that pummeled the rest of Florida hardly brushed Miami-Dade County. Only Hurricane Frances was a factor there -- packing the punch of a bad thunderstorm.
Probe sought into questionable aid to Miami-Dade 'hurricane victims'
Three Florida members of Congress on Monday called for investigations into how the federal government awards disaster aid and why at least 9,800 Miami-Dade applicants have received more than $21 million in Hurricane Frances assistance even though the storm inflicted little damage in the county. www.yuricareport.com...
Fema Corruption- Double Billing in the Millions
One of my research interests is the economic analysis of FEMA. In particular I focus on how political pressures and favoritism play a large role in government disaster relief efforts and funding, and also on how disaster relief might better be handled by the private sector. I published a paper with Tom Garrett, one of my Ph.D. students here at West Virginia University on this topic (see below). Tom is now at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. Because of FEMA's failure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our research has become quite heavily cited in the media, and in new academic studies on FEMA. More recently, I have done several new research papers with my fellow WVU colleague Peter T. Leeson. This page below contains information about my research on FEMA and the media coverage we have received. www.be.wvu.edu...
FEMA's been under fire from critics who claim the Gulf Coast recovery is moving too slowly. Now FEMA officials said they're investigating allegations of serious misconduct at the New Orleans office. CBS News has learned workers there accuse their bosses of intentionally holding up Katrina aid.