Wednesday, June 18, 2008

FEMA Flip Flop

Incompetence rules wherever we turn.

The changing narrative. Over the weekend CNN reported that the director of FEMA justified giving away hurricane relief supplies because Louisiana had turned them down.

Now, it seems that things have changed.

From FEMA gives hurricane supplies back to Louisiana:

Some of the $85 million in hurricane relief supplies given away as federal surplus will be sent back to Louisiana and given to nonprofit agencies for distribution, the state's hurricane recovery office said Tuesday.

"Today we can report that we have been notified that some of the surplus property has been located in Texas and will be coming to the state of Louisiana for distribution by Unity New Orleans," said Paul Rainwater, the executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

A CNN investigation revealed last week that FEMA gave away the supplies as government surplus, even though agencies like Unity -- which works to resettle hurricane victims -- were still seeking the kind of supplies given away.
Read the rest here.

Kudos to CNN (and anyone else who reported the story) for shaming FEMA into doing the right thing.

A comment left by Diane over at Beautiful, Also, Are The Souls Of My Black Sisters:
Of course, the supplies were returned after 2 years of being stockpiled. Why? FEMA had to be shamed into doing the right thing. Shame FEMA, shame!

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Leon said...

Wrong!! Get your head out of the sand. If the reporters had done their job the original headline would have read LOUISIANA REJECTED FEMA AID.

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