Trailer Trash

From the Washington Post:

Those trailers the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought to house Hurricane Katrina victims were at the center of the storm again yesterday — and not in a way that’s going to make folks at the beleaguered agency any happier.

FEMA hurriedly bought the 145,000 trailers and mobile homes via no-bid contracts just before and after Katrina hit the coast in August 2005. But the purchase quickly became problematic, with some communities refusing them for a variety of reasons.

FEMA was forced to put trailers on the market, selling them to anyone for 40 cents on the dollar.

Yesterday, however, the emergency agency offered to buy them back, for their original purchase price, because of concerns that the trailers are tainted with formaldehyde. The agency said it is making the offer because of concerns about “possible adverse health effects” associated with the trailers.

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[FEMA spokesman James] McIntyre said he does not know the possible cost to the government of the trailer buyback. Last year, however, the agency said an average trailer cost $18,600 and that the government was getting about 40 cents on the dollar for the vehicles it was selling. The spokesman also said it is unclear what will happen to the returned trailers.

Thousands of unused trailers remain in storage at airfields, industrial parks and warehouses.


As the trailer problems grew last year, agency Director R. David Paulison banned any future purchases for emergency shelter.

Maybe it’s time for another one of those fake FEMA news conferences!
From the Tampa Bay Online:

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown was in Tampa today to address a conference of property restoration businesses and shared his thoughts on Hurricane Katrina, Tampa’s vulnerability to hurricanes, airport security and other topics.


What he would like to have done differently:

Tell the truth about how poorly the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana and New Orleans were doing in the aftermath of the storm.

“The American public deserved to know how dysfunctional the federal, state and local governments were after Katrina.”


How FEMA changed from 2004 through 2005:

In 2004, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge had a “hands-off” attitude toward FEMA and let Brown operate the agency relatively unfettered.

In 2005, Michael Chertoff was secretary and adopted a “matrixed organization,” meaning people reported to more than one boss, adding delays and layers of bureaucracy to relief work.

“It was like, ‘Who’s on first.’ ”

Also, the FEMA director reported to Chertoff, who reported to the president.

“Before that, every FEMA director reported directly to the president.”

Heckuva job, guys!

(By the way, if you have never seen Trailer Park Boys, you should. It is absolutely hilarious!!!)


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16 responses to “Trailer Trash

  1. TRM

    We agree! FEMA is a dysfunctional lot of govt. crap. You could have brought in a large private contractor, hell the mob for that matter , and that place would have been back in 2 years…

    Get Fed Govt involved and this is what you get. You can’t blame it all on poor President Bush though…

    Its rumored there’s a posting in HR’s honor over at D=S

  2. Friend of the court

    Hey TRM, looks like your man Fred is about to pull his hat out of the ring. I hope he doesn’t throw his supporters to McCain, it might knock him over. Where can I get a copy of the HR Calendar? The Bush Count Down Calendar, I have, is starting to fall apart from the darts. :-0

  3. nonnie9999

    fema worked a lot better when james lee witt was heading it. of course, chimpy hired brownie. heckuva job!

  4. nightowl724

    Details, details, details… Bush’s T-shirt and “Coke.” Paulison’s button. And Chertoff’s. The title and subtitle.

    It’s hard to imagine how FEMA could have mucked this business up any worse. It’s comedic, except it’s NOT.

    Your money. My money. But, never mind even that – those poor, poor Katrina victims being victimized yet again…

  5. nonnie9999

    i borrowed the subtitle from another trailer park boys dvd.
    did you read the article i linked to? fema would not allow their workers to go into the trailers if they were in the sun, but they let families with children live in the damned things!

  6. nightowl724

    With the schools closed for MLK Day, I have had a houseful of teenage testosterone here the last few days and precious little time online.

    Anyway, if anyone cares, nonnie and I are still carrying on discussions at her Saturday and (especially) Sunday posts. My “Sunday comments” include a link to one of my favorite posts of hers, the one about Jesus Camp.

    Even though I had seen and read a lot about it, I just saw the documentary for the first time last Friday. I consider it wildly telling and crucially important to remember in this election year that is so wrongly focused on religion.

    (Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother mentioning my old comments at all.)

  7. nonnie9999

    i still have jesus camp on my dvr. it is absolutely frightening. it is purely and simply child abuse to the nth power. the parents reminded me of white supremists.

  8. nightowl724

    I totally agree with you, nonnie. It’s child abuse.

    The Evangelical terrorists are more frightening than any others because they are here, NOW, 70 million strong, invading and influencing our government, changing the whole nature of our nation, our Constitution, our churches, and our schools.

    And, let no one misunderstand their intent and passion. As with any Jihad, they will gladly kill – and be killed – for their cause.

  9. nonnie9999

    i think that in another few years, the pendulum is going to swing back in the other direction. most of the kids (i hope) will wake up and realize that this is not the way “normal” people act. there are some who will be cut off from the rest of the world by their lunatic parents, but, for the most part, i imagine that the majority are in public schools or have access to the internets, go to movies, and watch tv. what gave me hope more than anything else in jesus camp was the one kid who said he read harry potter books at his father’s house. the other kids reacted in horror, but the seed is planted, and one day, they will find a copy of a harry potter book, read it, and realize that they have been lied to about more than just the books.

  10. nightowl724

    gotta, I hope you’re having fun, but I miss you!

    sniffle, sniffle…

  11. nightowl724

    I noted that incident in Jesus Camp, too.
    You’re right. It is a seed of hope. Thanks.

  12. TRM

    I never saw the movie, never wanted to….. scary……

  13. nightowl724

    TRM, I forced myself to watch it. “Know thy enemy.”

  14. nonnie9999

    let’s all be kind to our calendar man, trm, today. the love of his life, fred thompson, has dropped out of the race. 😥
    remember, be nice! 😀

  15. TRM

    sniff,, sniff 😦

  16. nightowl724

    TRM, my condolences…