Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Brain Blow Out

From MSNBC Katrina Blog:

BOGALUSA, La. – Before we leave Bogalusa, an update on how FEMA is dealing with hurricane refugees at Red Cross shelters.

As noted here two days ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to ask evacuees to call (800) 621-3362 or browse to to start the process of filing a claim for disaster assistance was greeted with disbelief by most relief workers we talked to, who noted that most of these people don’t have ready access to telephones.

It turns out, according to a Red Cross worker here, the response is even a bigger Catch-22 than I realized.

It turns out, according to the worker, who like the other aid workers spoke on condition of anonymity, that the call to the FEMA number does not open a claim; it results in a package containing the claim form being mailed to the address of the evacuee.

Since the evacuee is in a shelter, mail service has been suspended in many of the hardest hit areas and some of the homes are likely still under water, it seems clear that those claim forms won’t be mailed back any time soon.

What is FEMA Thinking?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey Kaus: Blame federalism for the Katrina snafus. 09/06/05 Joseph Nocera: Led Into Temptation? Who Wasn't? 09/04/05 James Fallows: Why the Internet Isn't the Death of the Post Office.
excellent blog, don't stop

9/06/2005 10:09 PM


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