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The Horrors of FEMA Disaster 'Relief'; the Glory Private Efforts

layopinions Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 1:22 PM
I went to Staten Island with a small group from my wife's church (I'm an atheist) to deliver donated supplies and perform manual labor the weekend after Sandy hit. It was awesome to see how this neighborhood came together to care for each other. The basic problem was that there was WORK that needed done, but neither FEMA, The Red Cross, nor any other big-budget disaster relief agency was set up to do the work. It was up to unsponsored volunteers to do the actual work of draining and clearing out basements and gutting walls to get things clean and dry before mold could set in. Google "Frank Recce" and "Movement Church Staten Island" to read about the real work being done to get one neighborhood back on its feet.
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