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Tim4319 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-12-08 05:01 PM
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FEMA sucks!
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I just watched a report on CNN about how FEMA sat on warehouses full of goods to help Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild. Instead of providing victims with these supplies, they held them for two years before they were label as excess and distributed to out of state agencies that, pretty much, were not effected by Katrina. And, when CNN confronted FEMA about this, the only thing they can report -- off camera -- was that this was "not news"!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/11/fema.giveaway/index.ht...

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FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found.

The material, from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities, sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year.

James McIntyre, FEMA's acting press secretary, said that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so "we needed to vacate them."

"Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA's needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA's inventory," McIntyre wrote in an e-mail.

He declined a request for an on-camera interview, telling CNN the giveaway was "not news."
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