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July 8, 2009


Washington Post - U.S. authorities remain unable to provide emergency housing after large-scale catastrophes and must do more to prepare survivors of such disasters for permanent relocation, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general is expected to tell a House panel today.

Nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed or damaged 300,000 homes on the Gulf Coast and led to billions of dollars of waste in the diaspora that followed, federal homeland security officials could face a repeat scenario if another storm struck a major coastal city or a high-magnitude earthquake hit population centers in California or the Midwest, according to prepared testimony by Inspector General Richard L. Skinner.

"FEMA does not have sufficient tools, operational procedures, and legislative authorities to aggressively promote the cost-effective repair of housing stocks," Skinner will say, according to the testimony. "


Anonymous Beyond Disgusted said...

It's no accident that FEMA is ineffectual and unable to satisfy its original purpose: FEMA was reorganized in the recent past for the very purpose of making it so. All part of Grover Norquist and his ilk's plan to starve and shrink government so people could be convinced everything under the sun should be privatized.

July 9, 2009 11:58 AM  

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