- Nov 1, 2003
of course they didn''t but it happened.Date: 2/7/2009 10:13:26 PM
So are you suggesting that the government did this on purpose?
State farm had a claims agent out before FEMA showed up and looked it over.Date: 2/7/2009 10:38:50 PM
Well I know that all the money in the disasters I am familar with have had to go through the state first. They state then has control of ''delegating'' where funds go. FEMA does not tell State (or local jurisdictions) what to do. Did your friend have flood insurance? because NFIP claims were some of the first paid out right after Katrina. I still think that most people do not ''get'' what FEMA is all about. I have heard all the disgruntled stories and some of them are quite transparent. I also understand getting to your property and posession ASAP after a disaster but if FEMA had said ''come on in'' and someone got ''hurt'' I''m sure y''all would be sueing faster than you can bash them.
FEMA cannot go into any disaster until a state specifically requests help. Then DAEs, COREs, contractors, etc put their life on hold and leave their families to help people they do not know in places they have probably never been. If the disaster is big enough they may hire local employees. Some disasters you can see coming several days out, like hurricanes, and that can give time to get ready to react (but even then they can change course at the last minute). Other disasters like earthquakes and flooding can happen without warning so then the scramble begins to get there from (sometimes) all over the country. Most of us do it because we are good hearted people. Of course there are always a few bad apples but I have been pretty lucky in that I have had very positive experiences interacting with people I am here to help. Sometimes it gets very disheartening to constantly be always in the limelight for the wrong and not the good. At least I can sleep at night knowing there is good, a lot of good going on and I am helping people build their lives back.
Like I said it''s different perspectives and the truth is not always onesided. And it is true that FEMA may not be the first person one sees after a disaster. My grandmother-in-law stayed for Katrina and she said that the first people she saw afterwards was a utility company from Kentucky. I have heard good and bad stories. People want to help but we are all just human.