By Alan Marzilli
Storm Katrina dropped at mild many questions about american citizens' preparedness for dealing with large-scale failures: Is FEMA potent? Are the neighborhood, nation, and federal governments sufficiently coordinated? what's the function of the nationwide defend and the military Corps of Engineers in responding to failures? Is federal flood assurance in a position to slicing expenses? reading those concerns from diversified views, catastrophe aid bargains scholars the instruments to shape their very own critiques via bringing contemporary occasions into balanced concentration.
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Such a request shall be based on a finding that the disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected local governments and that Federal assistance is necessary. As part of such request, and as a prerequisite to major disaster assistance under this chapter, the Governor shall take appropriate response action under State law and direct execution of the State’s emergency plan. The Governor shall furnish information on the nature and amount of State and local resources which have been or will be committed to alleviating the results of the disaster, and shall certify that, for the current disaster, State and local government obligations and expenditures (of which State commitments must be a significant proportion) will comply with all applicable cost-sharing requirements of this chapter.
Department of Transportation’s fuel supplies, the Seabees and their expertise all made a huge difference at critical times. The President has repeatedly extended deadlines for emergency relief and debris removal that provide hundreds of millions of federal assistance dollars. The Bush Administration proposed an unprecedented package of assistance to help the states and people affected by Katrina. but I must single out the churches and faith-based groups, who were there on day one and are still there in meaningful numbers today.
Federal Financial Assistance to Disaster Victims Is Wasteful O n January 24, 2007, a federal judge sentenced Lawanda Williams, an Alabama resident, to six years in a federal prison. Williams had defrauded the federal government of more than $267,000 by filing 28 claims for disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina. Although her own home in Alabama was not damaged by the storm, Williams filed claims using addresses for properties in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which she did not own.