FEMA Draft Plan Revisits Use of Trailers for Disaster Victims

By | June 4, 2008

  • June 4, 2008 at 12:51 pm
    cj says:
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    Geez, what did FEMA expect would happen when those travel trailers and other units sat for months and months closed up before they were finally used? They have only themselves to blame for the formaldehyde problem. My guess is that they will have the same problems with the “Katrina Cottages” if they don’t get the to the people and opened for use. Put the blame where the blame should go – on FEMA.

  • June 4, 2008 at 1:43 am
    Brokette says:
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    If Katrina is going to be the benchmark for FEMA, I think we need to look at the local and state response to disaster as much as anything. We’ve had some severe hurricanes/tornados since Katrina yet they fade from the news as the communities pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. We must ask ourselves why.

  • June 4, 2008 at 2:21 am
    Skip says:
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    I lived in one the trailers for a while after Katrina. I used to just sit in there all day and get high. It wasnt that bad. You get used to it after a while though, but if you rip off the panneling and take a big wiff you could still get off pretty good.

    And people wonder why we were never able to move and get jobs…

  • June 4, 2008 at 2:58 am
    Gill Fin says:
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    Oh yeah, trailers sitting for months is the problem. In fact, I suggest that all FEMA trailers be aired out daily, however many thousands of trailers that may be.
    After all, we may have another completely predictable, highly forecastable natural disastor in a known flood zone somewhere in the USA sometime in the next ten years. And it may be in a state for whom elected officials know the risk and have fair warning but don’t act to protect citizens, like Louisiana. After a year of bellyaching about formaldehyde and free housing, we finally get the top secret information we have been waiting for – there is no formaldehyde standard for travel trailers. Just another Bush/Cheney sneak attack on unsuspecting underinsureds. Confound the luck!

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:12 am
    Ted says:
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    Why isn’t the government pursuing the trailer manufacturer for reimbursement of the costs of this snafu? Taxpayer money should not be paying for this. The trailer manufacturer/dealer was paid big bucks for these pieces of crap. They were unfit for the intended usage and their liability coverage should trigger.

    And another thing. These people aren’t victims. They lacked the education/ability and foresight to protect their property with insurance. Too many of them sat around living off the public/welfare doles and when the feces hit the fan, they waited around for someone to give them everthing.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:15 am
    Rick says:
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    Ted you dont know what a victim is. Hopefully youll be one soon though.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:27 am
    Ted says:
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    Rick,
    You’re pulling for the Obama free gravy trail of a full welfare state. Don’t think, don’t plan, the goverment will always do that for you.
    Now go sit in the corner.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:31 am
    Rick says:
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    Ted, there are a lot of rich white people that dont have flood ins or earthquake ins who need help as well. A lot of these people are very poor and didnt have the ability to purchase insurance.

    Now take a seat you jerk, the Rebublicans are going down bitchcch!!!!!

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:36 am
    Brokette says:
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    Newsflash Rick! YOUR taxes will be going up with all those rich folks when the Dems take the WH. Dems have lowered the “rich bar” significantly. You might want to consider unemployment for the next 4 years. Biotch!

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:41 am
    . says:
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    Meanwhile, did you see the announcement from FEMA that they would no longer distribute bags of ice to hurricane victims? The FEMA director Paulison said it wasn’t cost-effective and anyway, giving people ice was just “a comfort thing.” Then he said people should exercise “personal responsibility” and make their own ice.

    These FEMA people are operating under a Bush philosophy that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in natural disaster response at all. They want to turn the clock back to before the Mississippi flood of 1927, when the feds did nothing. That would be the Warren G. Harding-Calvin Coolidge Administration. After that 1927 flood, they were forced to put Herbert Hoover in charge of federal disaster relief, and he did a good job.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:44 am
    Al says:
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    Actually Brook they will go down cuz im middle class. Bushs tax cuts were for the rich.

    Also, when we leave Iraq we will be saving 50 billion dollars a year.

    Brook is going down on me!! Bitchch!!

    Thank Bush for the price of gas!

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:49 am
    Brokette says:
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    You really think you’re middle class? If you’re working in insurance above a receptionist/file clerk position, you’re rich in the eyes of the Dems. And did you miss the recent incentive checks. Anyone over $75,000 a year DIDN’T get them. If you think $75,000 is rich, you really ARE a loser. Try putting a kid through college and supporting a family of four on that. Good luck, you moron! And the name is Brokette, like a female broker. Try and keep up, huh?

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:51 am
    Gill Fin says:
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    Used for intended purposes? The intended use for a travel trailer is likely no more than 30 or 40 days a year, no more than 3 or 4 days consecutively. As stated in the article, there is no allowable formaldehyde levels or limits for TRAVEL TRAILERS. They are not manufactured or modular homes. They were free for those who wanted or needed them.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:52 am
    Al says:
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    I like you Brokette, thats a cute name, I apologize for offending you. Sorry.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:56 am
    Gill Fin says:
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    Leave the Federal government out of it.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:57 am
    Doug says:
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    Gill where does the local government get the money??

    I live in NY, so leaving the Feds out of it works for me, but in those hick states down south, they need outside assistance.

  • June 4, 2008 at 3:57 am
    Gill Fin says:
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    I heard Obama’s theme song last night, by a true American Tom Petty. Ever hear
    ‘Rebel without a Clue”?

  • June 5, 2008 at 7:39 am
    Devon says:
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    What ever happened to the concept of taking responsibility for yourself? We’re facing a HUGE social burden in assuming the government must insure everyone is taken care of, regardless of their ability to become educated and get a job. Even at a minimum wage job they can EARN $12,500 annually. Property insurance is less than 10% of that. Even squirrels have enough common sense to collect and store food for the winter. What have these people done to help themselves? Considered everything else that’s going on in this country, we’ll never be able to shoulder the burden for those who are incapable of supporting themselves.

  • June 5, 2008 at 7:56 am
    Dick says:
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    Right, so when its all said and done, just watch these people rot and die like animals and say, “hey too bad, personal responsibility”

    You are a horrible and thoughtless person.

    X-on make a $100 billion in profits this year.

  • June 5, 2008 at 9:28 am
    cc says:
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    Dick, of course. Devon is right…people need to take responsibility in their lives and quit waiting for somebody else to bail them out. That’s not horrible or thoughtless – its reality

  • June 5, 2008 at 9:49 am
    Brokette says:
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    Oh, please. When was the last time a human being in this country was left to “…rot and die like animals”? This isn’t Myanmar, Dick. Do you always exaggerate to make your point? I suspect, yes. Let’s take a look at homelessness, school shootings and AIDS. All perfect examples of exaggeration used to scare the public into doing something when it’s suspected they won’t care about the cause du jour. Shame, shame!!

  • June 5, 2008 at 10:33 am
    Dick says:
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    Yes, Brook, they dont rot and die, because its not Burma, its the USA, where we have social programs set up by the govt to take care of these less capable and responsible people who fall through the cracks during a disaster.

    These are the same programs that you and Devon are saying we should not have.

    Brook, you have to read more carefully.

    All modern day 1st world civilized societies have some sort of social program to take care of people who for what ever reason would be harmed without government aid.

  • June 5, 2008 at 10:43 am
    Brokette says:
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    Nothing like a gross generalization to start your day. Where did *I* say we shouldn’t have social programs? Maybe YOU should read more carefully. My point was that we DO have social programs acting as safety net for the less capable. My problem (as with most selfish Republicans) is the less responsible among us. I think YOU’RE selfish for asking ME to support irresponsibility. I bust my a$$ so someone else can lay around on theirs? Au contraire, mon ami. You like to give other people’s money away to make yourself feel better. It’s all about “feel good”, isn’t it? It doesn’t REALLY matter what the result is as long as that fragile self-esteem can stay up, even if it takes delusion to accomplish it. P-A T-H-E-T-I-C! And the name’s Brokette. Like a female broker. Try to keep up, hon.

  • June 5, 2008 at 11:29 am
    Dick says:
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    Brook, you are just repeating yourself. My point is, ok “so and so is a lazy scum bag without insurance.”

    She got caught in a hurricane and now doesnt have anywhere to live. This is where the conversation starts. What do we do now?

    This is where I ask you, should we let these people rot and die like they do in uncivilized countries?

    Please dont repeat yourself again Brook, Ive heard it all a million times before about how Republicans hate lazy black people. So do you just sit back and watch them suffer?

    All because you are smarter and work harder?

  • June 5, 2008 at 11:52 am
    Brokette says:
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    All I can say to your repetitious diatribe is your mother knew what she was doing when she named you “Dick”. Another delusional “do gooder” who refuses to look at the results of their “programs”. I don’t see anyone rotting in New Orleans because of gov’t neglect, but maybe you see “better” than I with your x-ray vision and special decoder ring.

  • June 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm
    Dick says:
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    No Brook, now they arent because we have the programs in place. Thats why I wouldnt get rid of them, which is escentially what you are suggesting.

    You just dont get it. Are you a blonde?

  • June 5, 2008 at 2:24 am
    Brokette says:
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    You really shouldn’t put words in other people’s mouths, dear. I’ve not said that we should abolish programs. I’ve merely asked what the problem is with New Orleans that they can’t seem to get themselves up and running like other communities with similar circumstances have. And, not surprisingly, you’ve not responded. I suspect you got an ‘F’ in debate class. I submit that YOU are the one who doesn’t get it. Increased welfare has led to increased dependency and less self-reliance in our country. How does this help people? I have a cousin who is a stereotypical welfare mother with 13 illegitimate children. And you won’t believe this part–she’s white! I’ve seen what welfare does to people and it certainly doesn’t foster ambition. Keep subsidizing dependency and you’ll get more of it. And race has NOTHING to do with it. Your racist core is showing, Dick.

  • June 5, 2008 at 2:42 am
    Dick says:
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    “Brook – I have a cousin who is a stereotypical welfare mother with 13 illegitimate children”
    ______________

    Why doesnt this surprise me?? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this case. Go back to school, then we can have a conversation honey.

  • June 5, 2008 at 4:20 am
    Brokette says:
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    I am sadly childless, you churlish dolt. My point was that I had direct experience of the welfare system from watching this cousin. Your name calling and pious accusations do nothing to further your argument. You are a pointless excuse for a human being. If that’s what school would get me, who needs it? However, just for the record, I attended and graduated with honors from one of California’s best state universities. I just didn’t fall for all of it like you apparently did. I love the way people like you presume that their “education” makes them superior and those who disagree MUST be stupid. Wake up! Some of us will never agree with you because we ARE educated and have life experience that, clearly, you don’t possess.



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