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    FEMA screwed up again! AKA Right City, Wrong State

    Dozens of medical professionals rushed to a hangar in Charleston Tuesday afternoon to prepare for 180 injured evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, only to find the flight was actually on its way to Charleston, WV, more than 500 miles away.

    It was the second time in about six hours the Federal Emergency Management Agency told South Carolina officials a plane full of people escaping the disaster was heading to the state's coast, only to have it end up in West Virginia.

    "We were getting geared up this morning and then it was obviously a different Charleston," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said. "And so it goes with massive government entities."

    The governor's office and emergency management officials couldn't explain the confusion surrounding the flights.

    "We have been jumping through the hoop thinking we'd have flights, and they've really been going somewhere else. We are prepared; we've been ready," said Ron Osborne, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
    http://www.wfmynews2.com/watercooler...?storyid=48126
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    My relatives in Florida praised FEMA to high heaven after IVAN. They said that the help and the response couldn't have been better. and they are yellow dog democrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletgirl2002
    My relatives in Florida praised FEMA to high heaven after IVAN. They said that the help and the response couldn't have been better. and they are yellow dog democrats.
    FEMA was absolutely wonderful after Hurricane Lily, too. But something is definitely wrong this time around. Everywhere you look, something is wrong.

    yellow dog democrats? I've never heard that term before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletgirl2002
    My relatives in Florida praised FEMA to high heaven after IVAN. They said that the help and the response couldn't have been better. and they are yellow dog democrats.
    I agree. My experience with them after Dennis was fabulous too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletgirl2002
    My relatives in Florida praised FEMA to high heaven after IVAN. They said that the help and the response couldn't have been better. and they are yellow dog democrats.

    Probably because the governor IS in command and control there! Something missing in LA, imo.

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    Wasn't all that before FEMA was demoted to part of homeland security? And before most of it's budget went to terrorism rather than natural disasters?

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    From what my friend who now lives in Vero Beach after living for years in Melbourne told me her daughter & SIL who had to rebuild their beautiful home in Miami after Andrew were more than satisfied.

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    My experience was about 2 months ago.

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    Seems so weird - what changed then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Details
    Wasn't all that before FEMA was demoted to part of homeland security? And before most of it's budget went to terrorism rather than natural disasters?

    I was referring to last year after multiple hurricanes struck Florida, which would be well after FEMA went under DHS.

    I think it all comes down to whether your state's government has their ducks in a row or not.

    Obviously, Florida and Texas DO!


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    It could be that KATRINA was completely overwhelming for all agencies involved. It's the most devastating natural disaster to ever occur in this country and it involved sooooo many people!!

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    Well, some Democrats, Republicans and Floridians aren't so happy with FEMA over Katrina:

    The federal government will not help to pay lodging and repair expenses for South Floridians whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, officials said Wednesday.

    The decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency drew swift protests from South Florida politicians. Democrats asked President Bush to reverse it. Republicans led an effort to draft a separate letter to FEMA under-secretary Michael Brown, asking him to reverse it.

    The same day FEMA denied individual assistance, the agency expanded the amount it plans to reimburse local governments for repairs to public property in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. The assistance to local governments will probably amount to more than $100 million.

    The decision to deny help to individuals came following nearly a year of intense criticism of the agency. Politicians, auditors and press accounts have accused FEMA of giving money to residents who were far from the path of four storms that hit the state last year.

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    Far from the path of four storms, you say?

    I know about one:

    In particular, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has proposed three reform measures that would ensure that the agency improves its performance. The first would require FEMA to report changes it has made in response to a critical inspector general's report. The inspection found wasted effort after Hurricane Frances, such as FEMA spending $8-million on temporary housing for 4,300 Miami-area residents who didn't even ask for the aid.
    St. Petersburg Times

    Wow, 8 million is a lot of money. But not compared to the 30 million FEMA (under Brown) gave to an area that wasn't hit by anything but some rain. Brown gave out funeral benefits in an area where no one died. He blamed those who took the money. Wait...blamed someone else? No..... (links for this in the political forum)

    FEMA has its problems. I don't think that can be disputed. Reasonably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeaux
    FEMA was absolutely wonderful after Hurricane Lily, too. But something is definitely wrong this time around. Everywhere you look, something is wrong.

    yellow dog democrats? I've never heard that term before.

    Yellow dog democrat: would sooner vote for a yellow dog (as long as it's on the ballot as a Democrat) than a Republican

    Howdy kgeaux

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexMex
    Yellow dog democrat: would sooner vote for a yellow dog (as long as it's on the ballot as a Democrat) than a Republican

    Howdy kgeaux
    Well, I've learned another thing today!

    Thanks, Tex!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Details
    Wasn't all that before FEMA was demoted to part of homeland security? And before most of it's budget went to terrorism rather than natural disasters?
    no, it was just last year..

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