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Disaster Response and Federalism

talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 1:38 PM
David3036 Wrote: 6 hours ago (7:24 AM) The states and the local communities, along with orgainzations like the Red Cross, already do almost all of the work of disaster relief. FEMA has only a couple of thousand people and its job is simply to MANAGE the effort. Sometimes it gets in the way. I heard the other day that power companies on Long Island were ready to go out and get the power back on but had to wait for the go-ahead from FEMA. The people of New York and New Jersey are in great need right now, and response teams have been slow at best. FEMA, though present, only responded four days after the fact. What's worse is that they have set up relief stations in practically inaccessible areas – very few people have the means of getting t
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 1:40 PM
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– very few people have the means of getting to FEMA stations since nearly all of New York City's fuel is gone; further, if even individuals or families have the means to access a Federal Relief station, they are unwilling to travel far from their residences for fear of looting.

Similarly, the amount of relief provided by the American Red Cross is strikingly limited. So far, their workers have only been able to provide Sandy's victims with cups of hot cocoa
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 1:44 PM
Though FEMA and the Red Cross' efforts are commendable, they are not even close to meeting real needs. Their unpreparedness is becoming more apparent every day. (FEMA, for example, is only now "evaluating" who will provide New York with bottled water – and the water won't even arrive until sometime on Monday!)

But the good news is: Moms Against Hunger has boots on the ground right now in New York City. We already have three of our administrators on the scene in Staten Island, actively organizing and training the locals, and providing much-needed relief.

The cut and paste above, beginning with"The people of new York and New Jersey....." is something to think about when believing that guvmint sponsored relief is effective. Just FWIW!
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 1:51 PM
more of the story/appeal for help
While FEMA is currently stuck in their bureaucratic process, and the Red Cross is handing out cups of hot chocolate, Moms Against Hunger is on the scene with a half a ton of meat! That's right: we have driven our trucks filled with over one-thousand pounds of beef and chicken to Staten Island and have set-up our Texas-style barbecue pits to bring hearty, delicious food to the hungry.
Interested? look up;

Contribute online or by mail:
MOMS AGAINST HUNGER
Department Code 7840
P.O. Box 25
La Porte, Texas 77571
momsagainsthunger.org

I have nothing to do with the organization, but think it is strange that Texans are doing what the guvmint ain't doin yet! (misspelling done on purpose)

The title of a New York Times editorial claims that “A Big Storm Requires Big Government.” The Times implies that when confronted with a major natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, Americans would be screwed if they didn’t have bureaucrats from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “to decide where rescuers should go, where drinking water should be shipped, and how to assist hospitals that have to evacuate.”

(Gee, I had no idea that it was government planners who directed my local Wegmans to ramp up shipments of bottled water to meet the demand of people rushing to stock up on...

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