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FEMA teams told to 'sightsee' as Sandy victims suffered
FOX ^ | 12/06/12 | Perry Chiaramonte

Posted on 12/06/2012 3:32:59 PM PST by Doogle

Hurry up and wait.

That’s what first responders were left to do after being deployed by FEMA to assist in the storm-ravaged areas in the initial days after superstorm Sandy, FoxNews.com has learned. A FEMA worker who spoke to FoxNews.com described a chaotic scene at New Jersey's Fort Dix, where emergency workers arrived as the storm bore down on the Atlantic Coast. The worker said officials at the staging area were unprepared and told the incoming responders there was nothing for them to do for nearly four days.

“They told us to hurry, hurry, hurry," the worker, who works at the agency's headquarters in Washington and volunteered to deploy for the storm recovery effort. "We rushed to Fort Dix, only to find out that our liaison didn’t even know we were coming.”

“The regional coordinator even said to us, ‘I don’t know why you were rushed here because we don’t need you,'” said the worker, who spoke out of frustration with the lack of planning and coordination following the devastating storm.

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To: freekitty
I remember the first time I heard of FEMA. It was the Northridge earthquake and they became famous for writing checks -- big checks -- checks to people who had $50,000 damage but were getting checks for a quarter million dollars. That made them popular and famous and put them on the map.

Those days are gone.

FEMA is now a self-serving bureaucracy that commits little of its own resources but acts as the conduit for the resources of others.

21 posted on 12/06/2012 6:23:03 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

That’s what we call the hook; then you are done for.


22 posted on 12/06/2012 6:58:45 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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