Meltdown

From the Press-Register:

State and local emergency officials said they are looking into plans to provide ice following a hurricane after federal officials said earlier this year that they would no longer supply it.

FEMA head R. David Paulison surprised many coastal leaders when he announced in April that the agency would only distribute ice for medical emergencies or life-threatening situations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has traditionally provided ice to disaster victims, particularly in areas with power outages.


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The new policy comes after the federal government was left with nearly 85 million pounds of unused ice after Hurricane Katrina, which it stored for two years at a cost of $12.5 million.

As someone who lost power for 11 days following Hurricane Wilma, all I can say is It was several days before any of the stores had any ice, and the geniuses at FEMA sent most of the ice to Miami, where there were very few power outages instead of the Fort Lauderdale (Broward) area. Of course, that had nothing to do with the fact that Miami votes for people like Republicans, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers, as opposed to Broward County, which is overwhelmingly Democratic. It was hot as hell, and ice was more than just a comfort. There were countless people (many elderly) who needed ice to keep their medication cool. There were babies who needed milk. But enough of that, there’s more news from our buddies at FEMA.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The director of Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday defended giving away an estimated $85 million in hurricane relief supplies, blaming Louisiana officials for turning down the stockpiles.

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A CNN investigation revealed last week that FEMA gave away 121 truckloads of material the agency amassed after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The material was declared surplus property and offered to federal and state agencies — including Louisiana, where groups working to resettle hurricane victims say the supplies are still needed.

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After CNN reported on the giveaway, Louisiana officials asked that the supplies be redirected to the state, which originally passed on them. John Medica, director of the Louisiana’s Federal Property Assistance Agency, told CNN he was unaware Katrina victims still needed the items because no agency had contacted his office.

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, an outspoken critic of FEMA’s response to the hurricane, told CNN the supply giveaway was “just a shame.”

“It’s just another example of the failings of the federal bureaucracy,” said Landrieu, who wrote Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last week to request an explanation.

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Paulison said the story “just really missed the mark” — that the supplies given away were not exclusively for Katrina victims, but were “donated from disasters all around the entire country.”

But e-mails from [FEMA spokesman James] McIntyre and from the General Services Administration, which manages federal property, contradict Paulison’s account.

In an e-mail sent in April, McIntyre told CNN “in many cases, items were purchased in the field by FEMA.”

And in a phone interview with CNN, McIntyre said, “That is property that was purchased in response to Katrina. We purchased most of that equipment because of the catastrophic nature of that disaster.”

General Services Administration spokeswoman Viki Reath wrote the supplies given away were “surplus from the Katrina and [hurricane] Rita disasters… some purchased by FEMA, some donated by foreign countries and federal government agencies.”

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14 responses to “Meltdown

  1. Alfie

    Is it me or does thatguy look like Mike Ditka > Tha’ Bears

  2. ๐Ÿ˜† yeah, he does a little. however, i hear that he doesn’t have ditka’s sparkling personality!

  3. Andrea

    Flooding, Tornados, Wind Storms. Weโ€™ve all seen the after-effects, entire communities without power. Iโ€™ve read that on average 3.5 million people lose their power in the US each week! We lost power here in Iowa and the hardware stores were out of generators. Luckily we found a generator on the internet at mainpowerconnect.com We should now have the power needed when faced with these unexpected outages. Hopefully the generator will also keep our pumps working to protect the basement from further flooding.

  4. hi andrea, welcome to the raisin! ๐Ÿ˜€
    i wish you and everyone who is in the middle of that big mess in the plains all the luck in the world. luckily, most of us just go through a bit of inconvenience. i feel so terrible for those who lost their homes and possessions, and, of course, for those who lost loved ones. we need to fix this country’s infrastructure. we can’t wait any longer.

  5. nightowl724

    Heckuva job, RD! Ha-ha! R-D-R-R! How sweet it is!

    nonnie, this poster about some very unsavory characters is chock full of details to savor – from Wrongway theater archive to Comingeth. Well done.

    When they say “a government small enough to drown in a bathtub,” what they mean is that it’s drowning in government waste and corruption and the blood, sweat, and tears of the average American. BushCo is only interested in the deluge of money rushing to its members and cronies. They don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the poor souls flooded in IA, LA, or anywhere else.

    Forget infrastructure, education, health care, civil rights, social security, global warming, energy independence and that “God d*mn piece of paper” called the Constitution! Long live our prison nation, her illegal occupations, and the GWOT!

    [end of rant]

  6. the last 7+ years has been all about taking money from the poor and middle class and giving it to the big corporations and to the rich. we piss away money in iraq while bridges collapse, levees breach, and people get sick and die from tainted food, poisoned toys, and unsafe working conditions, because there are not enough inspectors, and, even if there is an inspection, there is no inclination to do anything about anything.
    disgusting. just disgusting.

  7. nightowl724

    You won’t get any argument from me! Two words in what you said really jumped out at me: no inclination. As you probably intended, the phrase reminded me of Condi’s response to her subpoena. She said she was “not inclined to honor it.” and… she didn’t.

  8. they are not inclined to do anything that will not benefit themselves.

  9. jeb

    FEMAs ongoing incompetence; the latest report on KBRs blatant robbery (with Pentagon compliance) including on the Gulf Coast post-Katrina and the scumbag official (William “Jim” Haynes) from the Pentagon evading questions in the Senate (and doing a wonderful Gonzales impersonation) on questions of how he pushed for torture in the summer of 2002. Yes the sewer is backing up but we still seem to be calmly just shoveling the crap out of the way in a normal manner. How revolting.

  10. jeb,
    that was so perfectly said that there is nothing i can add to it!

  11. jlms qkw - jenn

    nightowl, rant on.

    !

    must read more shock doctrine. must plow through.

  12. jenn!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    so good to see that you are surviving your vacation!

  13. jeb

    The sad thing is that Clinton built up FEMA (after the failure of the government post-Andrew – hmmm another Bush as I recall) and by the end of Clinton’s term FEMA was a streamlined and efficient organization. Along comes Bush accompanied by the gang that couldn’t shoot (or steal) straight and right down the toilet. Of course humor is one way to deal with it but the reality is that people have suffered and people died and they didn’t have too.

    As Al said the other night, elections matter.

  14. jeb,
    here is an excellent article about how ghwb staffed fema with cronies, just like his son did, and how it resulted in…well, disaster! bill clinton completely revamped fema. oh, here’s the article. very interesting read.

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