Originally posted by kissitgoodbye
reply to post by Xcathdra
Do you work for FEMA? Where I live FEMA gave tornado victims housing trailers under a grant and then a year or so later demanded that the people pay
for them because they were given to them in error. Just like the OP people who's home was totally destroyed but the foundation. FEMA IS NOT here to
And, everyone is entitled to their opinion about FEMA Camps including you, but I have to respectfully disagree with you.
So you would rather see resources wasted on people who dont qualify, which drains those resources from people who do qualify? Hate to break it to you,
but if you go to your bank and check your account and find you have 3 million dollars in their, when you are only supposed to have 1200 dollars there
is an issue. A mistake was made... If you withdraw that money and spend it all, you are responsible for paying the entire amount back.
because it was not yours in the first place.
FEMA is there to help, but what you and several other expect is for FEMA to lead, which it does not do. FEMA assists local and state governments by
getting resources they need to deal with the problem at hand.
The best example I can give is this:
Take UPS and their commercials for logisitcs.
Take a business that sells a product all over North America...
The business is the leader in that scenario, and UPS does nothing but provide the company the resources / infrastructure to get their items all over
Now, if that business makes a bad decision, ends up losing money and customers it will eventually go bankrupt and shut down.
What you and several other people are doing is blaming UPS for the business failing.
FEMA can deliver 500 tons of food and water to a devestated area. Its up to local leadership to get those resources to where they are needed.
FEMA can write a check for 30k dollars, but its up to the family to justify the need and to use the money in its intended manner.
FEMA can provide temporary shelter to people, but its incumbent on the people seeking that assistance to be honest about their situation.
See the pattern here? FEMA can open the floodgate of resources and assistance, but its up to the people seeking that assistance to justify their
reasons for asking for it. SEMA (State EMA) also opens the floodgates of assistance, and like its FEderal counterpart, the people seeking that aid are
required to justify their request.
The fact a lot of you seem so fixated on FEMA, while completely and totally ignoring all other processes / resources / levels of Gobernment again
reinforces the notion that people have no clue / concept / inkling of knowledge of how FEMA works, let alone disaster response.
In addition to FEMA, you have SEMA (State Emergency Managment), NGO's, American RedCross, donations etc etc etc and last - Insurance. The resources
available to an area devestated by a disaster is extensive and goes way beyond the list I just gave.
I have stated it before and I will again here -
People really need to learn about government and FEMA before opening their mouths.
As far as the comment about opinions go I disagree. What we are discussing is the role of FEMA in disaster response which follows specific guidelines.
Just because you dont agree with a policy / action by FEMA, doesnt make your view right by declaration.
Its one thing to hate FEMA based on fact. Its somethng else entirely to hate FEMA while refusing to educate yourself on how it works.