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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:08 PM

My friend is a FEMA worker (please read)





My friend is a first responder for the federal government, on call to go anywhere in the country when there's a disaster. Over the years I've seen her drop everything at a moment's notice to help Americans survive extreme catastrophes.

I was stunned when she told me that she had no health benefits because the government considers people with her job -- like responders to Hurricane Sandy -- to be part-time, even though she will have served 305 days of disaster recovery work by the end of the year.

This isn't right. I started a petition on Change.org asking the federal government to give health care to all government disaster workers immediately. Click here to sign.

Right now, there are government workers restoring power to neighborhoods, pulling bodies from wreckage, and delivering fresh water to the tens of thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims. Disaster workers risk their lives every time they are called into duty during natural disasters -- many without health care.

My friend was one of the first on the scene when a tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri, and has shared devastating stories about the destruction left behind from Hurricane Isaac. She says that the demand for trained disaster assistance employees is greater than the availability, and they work long hours in the most dangerous of conditions.

I saw a seasonal firefighter win health care for all wildland firefighters this summer with a petition on Change.org. I believe the government can do the same for disaster workers who also put themselves in harm's' way to help.

Click here now to sign my petition asking FEMA to provide health coverage for all government disaster employees: http://www.change.org/petitions/fema-s-first-responders-to-hurricane-sandy-deserve-federal-health-care-benefits?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13069&alert_id=YDHnLvteJx_HfBCoffDhP

Thank you for your support.

Dena Patrick
Friend of a DAE worker
Apex, North Carolina

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Reply My friend is a FEMA worker (please read) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
elleng Nov 2012 #1
politicat Nov 2012 #2
SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #3
siligut Nov 2012 #4
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #5
bluedigger Nov 2012 #6
coeur_de_lion Nov 2012 #7
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #8
Louisiana1976 Nov 2012 #9
tpsbmam Nov 2012 #10
chalky Nov 2012 #11
avebury Nov 2012 #12
frogmarch Nov 2012 #13
Cha Nov 2012 #14
Trailrider1951 Nov 2012 #15
RiskWrangler Nov 2012 #18
beac Nov 2012 #16
Lilma Nov 2012 #17
Tribalceltic Nov 2012 #19
locdlib Nov 2012 #20
garthranzz Nov 2012 #21
WinstonSmith4740 Nov 2012 #22
Delmette Nov 2012 #23
Demoiselle Nov 2012 #24
Kaleva Nov 2012 #25
northoftheborder Nov 2012 #26
Milliesmom Nov 2012 #27
-Steph- Nov 2012 #28
Harriety Nov 2012 #29
agtcovert Nov 2012 #30
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #31
onestepforward Nov 2012 #32
ChachaCha Nov 2012 #33
FLyellowdog Nov 2012 #34
NYFlip Nov 2012 #35

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:11 PM

1. Signed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:13 PM

2. Kicked, recc'ed and signed

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:13 PM

3. Signed it.

 

Thanks for taking the initiative on this.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

4. Signed

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:34 PM

5. Done!

I signed that petition for the seasonal firefighters....I can't believe these people go without coverage.... It's shameful. Thanks for alerting us.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:36 PM

6. Signed

Former civilian consultant for FEMA. Four years in New Orleans. No health benefits.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:47 PM

7. DONE

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:52 PM

8. It's not just benefits, it's the full package. How much do they get paid?

Do they get raises or bonuses? How many hours are they required to work each and every year? Is there a pension or retirement plan?

All these things go into a compensation package.

If the pay is bad and there are no benefits, why are they still there? What's the draw? There must be some reason.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:58 PM

9. Signed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:13 PM

10. Done & shared. Thanks for posting this!

It never occurred to me they weren't covered. Appalling!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:13 PM

11. K, R & signed.

n/t

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:15 PM

12. Signed. nt

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:18 PM

13. Signed. nt

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

14. Thanks Steve.. Done.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

15. Signed and REC

ALL of our citizens need and deserve access to healthcare. In the absence of single payer for all, no matter the employer, I support providing health insurance to our First Responders. If we can give it to Cheney the Undead, we can afford it for the people who actually serve We, the People.

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 PM

18. Totally agree

with your sentiments...ALL people should be covered. I am not trying to take away anything from the idea of helping the First Responders at all..but would like to keep active the goal of providing to all as a basic American right we should all have.

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:41 PM

16. K&R & signed. n/t

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:47 PM

17. signed

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:09 PM

19. Signed and kicked NT

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:10 PM

20. signed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 PM

21. Done and tweeted

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:21 PM

22. Done!

K&R...really good cause!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:22 PM

23. Done and don't forget our...

Wild fire fighters!

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:24 PM

24. Signed...

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:27 PM

25. Done

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:42 PM

26. signed.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 PM

27. I signed

However I thought that most Fema boots on the ground workers were part time due to the fact it would be a waste of money to have them (doing what ?) in non emergency times. The time they are needed most is during emergencies!,

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:50 PM

28. Signed

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:59 PM

29. signed

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:02 PM

30. signed

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:10 PM

31. Done.

I am horrified that these brave, hard workers labor without benefits. That is totally wrong.

It is not who we are.

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:39 PM

32. Signed.

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:55 AM

33. Signed.

This is a national embarrassment, but we will make it right!!!

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:36 AM

34. Done. nt

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:58 AM

35. Done

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