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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shelter from the Storm

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

FEMA, the agency that supposedly can't do anything right, has a smartphone app for finding shelters in New York if you need one, and can also text you a nearby shelter location.

The White House says: "Text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply."

 

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jenniferjane 1
FEMA is a lot better with rich east coasters.
Posted by jenniferjane http://morningbikeporn.blogspot.com/ on October 30, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 2
1, Have you seen New Jersey? (And I mean before the storm)
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
Yeah but if we privatize it think of all the wealthy fucks who could profit off this disaster!

And competition! We need rival, private firms to provide competitive disaster assistance, so when we're floating on our roofs in the Atlantic Ocean, we can shop around for the best rates!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
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FEMA is also a lot better off headed by an emergency services person than the head of an Arabian horse show.

In GWB pre-Katrina FEMA was not well supported.. It was literally a ha ha joke like the Clinton administrations obsession with Al Queda.

Once the post- Katrina ass-covering passed its mission has been taken seriously by a lot more of the powers that be and you can improve a lot in that kind of time frame. Also, a lot of lessons learned.

The A.C.E. on the other hand, not so good @ New Orleans.
Posted by david on October 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Knat 5
On Sunday, [Eric Cantor] compared the situation [when FEMA was lacking the funds to help with the tornado damage in Joplin, MO] to that of a family putting off buying a new car when a family member became ill.

Fantastic idea, Eric. Compare a federal program that the GOP are trying to shift to the private sector with an industry already broken because we let the private sector control it. That will really sell us on the idea.
Posted by Knat on October 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
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Mitt Romney downloaded the app because he thought it was for locating tax shelters. Zing!
Posted by Rigby on October 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
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The real news here is that NY cell carriers are essentially saying "fuck you, pay for that text to find out where the shelter is."

Posted by make on October 30, 2012 at 9:29 PM · Report this

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