Skip to comments.FEMA trailers trashed by users - 1,200 of the temporary units have been so badly damaged....
Posted on 11/02/2006 9:20:04 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
Note to Hurricane Rita survivors: Please don't beat up the FEMA trailers, use them as meth labs or cart them off to your deer lease during hunting season.
More than 1,200 of the one-bedroom travel trailers issued to people displaced by Rita have been torn up so badly that serious repairs have been necessary, according to a statement Tuesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"They're certainly not for long-term living, and we at FEMA better understand that better than anybody," said Don Jacks, an agency spokesman in Austin.
4,600 trailers issued
In Texas, more than 4,600 of the one-bedroom trailers were issued free of charge to those made homeless by the Category 3 hurricane when it hit Sabine Pass on Sept. 24, 2005.
Today, about 3,000 of the trailers which cost federal taxpayers $20,000 each remain in use in Texas. So far, about 1,200 have suffered so much vandalism they had to be sent to FEMA repair centers in Texas and Arkansas, Jacks said.
One trailer had more than 300 cigarette burns. Another was burned to the ground. Hundreds of others have torn cushions, broken doors, torn-up refrigerators and myriad problems.
Used as drug labs
Then there's the illegal use issue.
Some of the trailers issued to Hurricane Rita and Katrina evacuees have been used as drug labs. One Texas man trucked his to Louisiana and sold it. A few other tenants have hooked them up to vehicles and even taken their trailers to deer leases to have a place to stay while hunting.
"They are rare instances," Jacks said of the hunters. "You shake your head and wonder, 'What are they thinking?'"
Jacks said residents need to understand that vandalizing or removing the trailers could violate their written agreements with FEMA.
That said, only five Rita victims have been removed from trailers for violating those agreements, according to FEMA.
If you work hard and study hard, you'll do well. If you don't, well, you'll get stuck in a FEMA trailer............
I think they are supposed to last longer than a year, though. Animals don't trash trash their homes. Someone ought to round these folks up and put them all together in a mile deep concrete pit and study them.
Send them each a bill. If they don't pay it withhold their Federal tax refunds, take their wages, the IRS knows how to handle these things.
How about send them a bill and if they don't pay up have them work at hard labor on a chain gang... WHY THE HELL SHOULD TAYPAYERS PAY FOR THESE IRRESPONSIBLE PIGS?!
Like not sending them their welfare check.
"withhold their Federal tax refunds, take their wages"
What tax refunds? Gotta pay taxes to get a refund.
More apropos-withhold their assortment of government aid checks. Apparently that is why many of them refused to leave New Orleans-big government sugar daddy check day was on Tuesday.
Are you dreaming....take their wages...what wages..... T
Could violate their written agreements? Are there some written agreements that allow removal or vandalizing of FEMA trailers?
I'm sure the perps are really frightened by their potential violation of a written agreement with FEMA. OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH!
Naturally I'd buy one in good condition. I wonder what these used trailers wholesale for on the average?
You pics look - obviously - like the before (not after) photos.
Bada bing. Good one.
Of course this is a tiny fraction of the number of FEMA trailers destroyed by FEMA itself, by dumping them on soft ground in the middle of nowhere and sitting idly by while they warped, leaked, and rotted into unuseability. It's little wonder that many of the Katrina refugees figured it was no big deal to trash their hand-out trailers.
I would hope they last more than a year for $20,000 each. Your tax dollars at work.
Thus proving they could make much better use of their trailers than FEMA did with most of its trailer inventory. Why is it a problem for taxpayers (which these individuals sound like, as opposed to perpetually drunk/high/unemployed elfare addicts) to tow a trailer to a deer lease and LIVE in it (you know, the intended use), or sell it for cash which was likely used towards paying for alternative living quarters or home repairs, while FEMA simply destroyed many thousands of trailers without even briefly putting them to anythong remotely resembling their intended use?
If you work hard and study hard, you'll do well on FR. If you don't, well, you'll get stuck in DU.
Kind of like our illegal immigration policies...
If you don't, well, you'll be stuck in a ditch with a B__CH!.....
It's always better if it rhymes. LOL.
I just couldn't help it............
Never had raccoons in your attic I see.
OMG! Stuck in a ditch with SheScam......NO......
A fate worse than death!
The people using them as drug labs should be shot. But the people enterprising enough to make some sort of reasonable use of the trailers (including selling for cash) are 1) not likely to be the sort of deadbeats who've been sitting around collecting welfare all their adult lives, 2) already determined by FEMA to have lost their homes and to be entitled to government assistance as a result, and 3) way, way down the list of people I'm annoyed at for how my tax dollars have been used in connection with FEMA trailers.
The problem with government help has always been that government decides what sort of help is needed and spends taxpayer dollars on that, without any regard to whether the sort of help it has decided to hand out bears any relationship to what's needed. My assessment of the people who have towed the trailers to deer leases or sold them for cash is that they have probably made a more accurate determination than FEMA of what sort of help they need, and taken matters into their own hands -- quite likely after seeing media coverage of how FEMA has destroyed tens of thousands of its own brand-new, never-lived-in trailers.
Similarly, Jabbar Gibson did a good thing by stealing the school bus and driving a load of people out of New Orleans, while FEMA/Nagin/Blanco had their collective overpaid heads up their a$$e$ trying to figure out how to get stranded people out of New Orleans. Often the government's plans suck and are more expensive and less effective than illegal measures resorted to by the same people the government has told us it's using our tax dollars to help.
My name is Matt Foley, and I am a Motivational Speaker! Now, let's get started by me giving you a little bit of a scenario of what my life is all about! First off, I am 35 years old.. I am divorced.. and I live in a
van FEMA trailer down by the river!
If you work hard and study hard, you'll do well on FR. If you don't, well, you'll get stuck in DU's DU.
It really shouldn't surprise anyone. This is the same thing that has been happening for decades to Government housing for the poor. They move in, tear up the housing and then the Government has to close the units and remodel them. Then, the people move back in, and the process starts again. Endlessly, without fail and it consumes uncountable billions of taxpayer dollars.
Actually they remodel your home into their version. Once they get it the way they want it, they are happy but your aren't.
Or, maybe these people in Texas are racoons!!
I sure would like a free guv'mint trailer. I'd even drive down there and haul it away, free of charge.
That's nicer than most of the places I lived before I was 30.
Forget it. They will bitch that the free trailer was cheap and not good enough for their sorry asses and will demand a new one and get it.
Looks like cheap, cheap construction. Tears up easily. Folks don't generally live in trailers like these for more than a few days/weeks at a time, but these folks were LIVING in them for months and months. I can believe that they have been damaged quite a bit.
Lean against one of those walls, and you'll put a hole through it. Open a cabinet door too aggressively, and the thing breaks off.
There's a difference between good, durable construction and cheap construction. The cheap stuff is cheap for a reason.
Your complaint is with bureaucracy in general and its inevitable inefficiencies whether public or private. If you are really a government shrinker you should be complaining about the very existence of FEMA, period.
According to the article, only one trailer is known to have been sold, and that one was trucked to Louisiana for sale. In other words, it was put to its intended purpose, to provide housing in an area where much of the original housing stock had been rendered uninhabitable by the hurricane. Probably for some family that had been languishing on a waiting list for months for a FEMA trailer that FEMA had said they were entitled to but couldn't seem to get delivered (there are STILL people waiting on those lists). Whatever the seller did with the money, it can't be worse than what the FEMA f--k-ups are doing with many millions more of our money. I simply can't get worked up about it.
Attempts to make rational use of FEMA resources keep running into interference from FEMA, and that I CAN get worked up about. A few months back, a news report interviewed the mayor of some little Louisiana town, who was trying to get FEMA to move a trailer from the property of a family who didn't need theirs any more to the nearby property of a family which desperately needed it and been getting empty promises from FEMA for months about how they were going to get a trailer. FEMA dweeb told the mayor they'd get to it when they could; mayor told FEMA dweeb he'd just arrange to have it moved himself becuase they'd been waiting for months already; FEMA dweeb told the mayor he'd better not do that because he'd be committing a crime and FEMA would go after him for it (mayor moved it anyway, figuring FEMA would have as much trouble getting around to charging him with a crime as it had getting trailers moved to where they're needed, and a good deal more trouble getting any court to convict him).
I wish they'd sell me one and let me fix it up and put it on a bit of land...I wouldn't even mind if it was (somewhat) trashed.
Where's the widescreen plasma? Now wonder they tossed these trailers.
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