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||FEMA reduces initial disaster aid after fraud
- Future disaster victims will get only $500 in immediate
emergency aid from the government
- Families received up to $2,000 after Katrina.
- After Katrina, investigators reported that the agency handed out
$2,000 debit cards without verifying the identities and addresses of those
who received the cards. Investigators found that some people used the money
on pornography, diamonds and vacations.
||Plan Delayed Hurricane F E M A
- A federal government plan for responding to
emergencies will not be ready in time for the approaching hurricane season,
- Walker said the plan is an extremely complex document that will be
published for comment, and FEMA wants to ensure it doesn't miss any important
element or gloss over any critical issue.
- "We are restructuring the entire way that the federal government
deals with their state and local partners in a natural disaster or a terrorist
||Unprepared For Disaster U S A
- Many Americans haven't taken basic steps to prepare for a natural
disaster and have little confidence the federal government is ready to help
them if one strikes.
- "We probably need to step back to where we were a few years ago and
depend more on ourselves and less on the government." he says. "People have
this expectation that my power's out, so somebody should give me cold
- If people expect the government to save them, they don't think it
will actually be able to do so.
||Itsan Emergency Not Prepared
- Even after Sept. 11, 2001, even after Hurricane Katrina, a Red Cross
survey last year found that 93 percent of Americans aren't prepared for a
major calamity -- a natural disaster, a pandemic or a terrorist
- Americans have to prepare for a range of threats, many of which the
government can neither describe nor predict. Says George Foresman, former
undersecretary for preparedness with the Department of Homeland Security,
"There's no playbook for any of us to go by."
family's safety and the ability of my community and my nation to respond
to major disasters might depend on my fellow citizens' preparedness.
- Public engagement is important not only in responding to emergencies,
but also in helping prevent them in the first place.
year, Foresman asked a ballroom full of state first responders how many of
them had made a family emergency plan. Of 300 people, nine raised their
- Make preparedness part of 21st-century citizenship. Being prepared
may be the most significant contribution many citizens can make to their
- "We don't ask enough of people,"
says one city emergency manager. "Everyone asks me, 'How are you going to
take care of us in a disaster?' You have a big role in taking care of
||36,000 Iowans homeless as floodwaters recede
- epic flooding
that put 1,000 blocks underwater.
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