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#1 D'Monix

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:23 AM

NY Times article on FEMA

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This year it was announced that FEMA is to "officially" lose the disaster preparedness function that it has had since its creation. The move is a death blow to an agency that was already on life support. In fact, FEMA employees have been directed not to become involved in disaster preparedness functions, since a new directorate (yet to be established) will have that mission.
FEMA will be survived by state and local emergency management offices, which are confused about how they fit into the national picture. That's because the focus of the national effort remains terrorism, even if the Department of Homeland Security still talks about "all-hazards preparedness." Those of us in the business of dealing with emergencies find ourselves with no national leadership and no mentors. We are being forced to fend for ourselves, making do with the "homeland security" mission. Our "all-hazards" approaches have been decimated by the administration's preoccupation with terrorism

For a while, a bipartisan effort was able to keep FEMA and the Coast Guard from being absorbed into Homeland Security, but DHS finally got their way.

#2 Godeskian

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 01:58 AM

So the responses to disasters after Katrina will be even less coordinated? that doesn't bode well.

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#3 Anakam

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:20 AM

I think Secretary Chertoff was saying today that FEMA is meant to plug into state and local efforts rather than replacing/overseeing them, and that's what part of the... whatever's been going on is coming from.

West Coast?  Start lobbying now.  All of you.  :crazy:
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#4 Anarch

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:30 AM

On the lighter side of tragedy, consider this.  No, really: consider it!  Because, well, words fail me.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 07:19 AM

Anarch, on Sep 4 2005, 11:30 PM, said:

On the lighter side of tragedy, consider this.  No, really: consider it!  Because, well, words fail me.

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Was she wearing those Ferragamos when she babbled those astonishing words?  I am so freaked out disgusted right now.  What a mealy-mouthed gotta stop now the words aren't netnannyizable anymore.  

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#6 Call Me Robin

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:00 AM

Nonny, on Sep 5 2005, 12:19 PM, said:

Anarch, on Sep 4 2005, 11:30 PM, said:

On the lighter side of tragedy, consider this.  No, really: consider it!  Because, well, words fail me.

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Was she wearing those Ferragamos when she babbled those astonishing words?  I am so freaked out disgusted right now.  What a mealy-mouthed gotta stop now the words aren't netnannyizable anymore.  

Nonny

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#7 Nonny

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:07 AM

Don't get me started on the church/state issues involved when a cabinet member shifts off her responsibilities to her deity and expects those suffering to do the same.  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:  

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#8 MuseZack

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:21 AM

The thing that kills me about FEMA and DHS's collapse is that 80 percent of what you're going to do after a terrorist attack is exactly the same as what you do after a natural disaster.  Evacuation and care of large numbers of people?  Check.  Decontamination?  New Orleans is a toxic soup right now.  Disease prevention?  Check.   Treatment of mass casualties?  Check.  Based on the performance here, I shudder to think of DHS and FEMA's response after, say, a dirty bomb goes off in Chicago.
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#9 Spectacles

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 10:53 AM

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Zack: Based on the performance here, I shudder to think of DHS and FEMA's response after, say, a dirty bomb goes off in Chicago.

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#10 Anarch

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:33 PM

Oh.  Holy.  Crap.

The real story on Michael Brown.

It's one thing to appoint a crony.  This... this is so far beyond the pale as to stagger the imagination.

#11 Zwolf

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:51 PM

A friend of my mom works for FEMA, so I hope she doesn't lose her job.  She's not one of the higher-ups, so she's not accountable for this mess.   Nor is she one of the criminals they apparently hired.   Yikes.

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#12 Zwolf

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 04:06 PM

Oi... ran into this.  Now that's a blog, and it's definitely partisan, so I wouldn't take anything for granted, but as a basis for further investigation, it seems pretty freaky.  FEMA is apparently protecting everything except the damaged areas...  What's happening with those people?  They block aid from getting in, then this... it's like they're trying to screw up or something.  I don't think they've even shown up in Mississippi yet.

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#13 Cait

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 05:02 PM

Zwolf666, on Sep 8 2005, 01:51 PM, said:

A friend of my mom works for FEMA, so I hope she doesn't lose her job.  She's not one of the higher-ups, so she's not accountable for this mess.   Nor is she one of the criminals they apparently hired.   Yikes.

Cheers,

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You know the more I read about the contracts FEMA gave to independents, the more I fear a major scandal for the HLS and FEMA.  I can't help but wonder just how deep this kind of stuff goes.

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