New Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rules on requirements for states to receive federal emergency preparedness dollars are being met with disbelief by many of the nation’s governors. The new rule forces a state to include a “consideration of changing environmental or climate conditions that may affect and influence the long-term vulnerability from hazards in the state” in conducting risk assessments.Read more ›
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On Jan. 15, the House of Representatives easily passed legislation costing more than $50 billion legislation that would, in part, fund disaster relief for communities deeply affected by Hurricane Sandy. The trouble is that the House had an opportunity to pay for the core $17 billion for disaster assistance — but took a pass.Read more ›
FEMA trailers. They’re low quality, high-priced relief wagons used to house those rendered homeless by Sandy and other major disasters. Prime targets for those that assail government waste, the trailers were a major issue during Katrina’s aftermath and FEMA’s ineffective response. Money aside, the heart of giving lies in individuals, not the federal government.Read more ›
Iowa’s Rep. Steve King got into trouble before the election when he suggested the government is too quick to spend money after a disaster. King was one of only 11 members of Congress who voted against a $51.8 billion relief package in 2005. Many people support public funding of disaster relief partly because they fear being described as unfeeling and selfish. Is there a moral obligation to support this public funding?Read more ›