According to CNN
and Our Government
, FEMA sucks. Really, the FEMA
of the post September 11th attacks is not the same FEMA I dealt with in my journey as a FireFighter/E.M.T. in the 1990s. Once they were folded into the larger, pork filled, Department of Homeland Security it should have been seen as the beginnings of its death knell. FEMA was a wonderful organization that helped countless folks during the major hurricanes, earthquakes, and major storms I witnessed in my 10 years of Public Service. I worked closely with local officials in FEMA, and let me tell you, they knew their jobs.
It amazes me, that in the last year or so FEMA folks are finally seeing the demise of a once great Federal government department, whose sole job was to make sure the folks got the help they needed in time of crisis in a timely manor. But, the leaders of our great country have seen fit to spend that money elsewhere, (Iraq, Afghanistan, big Oil, little Oil, Special interests, etc)then to see that we are kept safe and secure when the time comes.
There is also a report in the Seattle PI
stating that we in the Pacific NW will die a horrible death when we have our big earthquake. Why, because the money and the knowhow are not there anymore. This really makes me angry, that a simple and known thing like a big earthquake, will be the end of this great city, because there is little funding for emergency management!
Time to pack up and move to....