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Giving Thanks for America's Givers

The Liberal Mind vs Facts Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 10:07 AM
FEMA has a serious problem with mission focus and what makes missions successful. Logistics planning and experienced logisticians are seriously lacking. Probably due to the poor pay for this expertise. They can't move quickly as a result. They have operations and community outreach personnel and nepotism galore, but no expertise how to transport, supply, maintain, store, distribute and all the other logistics functions. They rely on sitting up contracts as needs arise (takes too much time) and because serious sourcing was not done durng non-crisis times they waste tax dollars. On behalf of Fema though it should be remembered that FEMA cannot move into a State until the govenor invites them and asks for their help.
Drifter33 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 10:42 AM
All "emergency response" in our country is governed by the "Incident Command System", a "one-size-fits-none" bureaucratic leviathan loosely patterned after a military chain-of-command.

Unlike the military, ICS calls for the "Incident Commander" to exercise top-down control over every asset brought to bear against the crisis at hand. Nobody assigned or attached to the ad hoc leviathan is supposed to breathe without authorization from above, much less show any initiative.

The bureacrats who invented ICS love their creation. To them, the PROCESS of instituting the structure appears much more important than actually accomplishing the mission for which it was created.

Chandler Osborn, 14, watched Fox News coverage of Hurricane Sandy last week and decided to take action.

"Last weekend, me and my younger brother, Cooper, 7, did a fundraiser in Colorado Springs to help the people" affected by the storm, he told me. The siblings set up a table at the Colorado Springs Sugar Plum Festival, gave away patriotic car magnets and pins for any donations, and collected signatures on a giant banner of support for the victims. "We raised $612 in one weekend."

The Osborns joined countless Americans across the country who stepped up, in small and large ways, to...