FEMA Gave Away Supplies Meant for Katrina Victims

CNN reports that FEMA gave away $85 million in household goods were intended for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. I was amazed to see how much it cost to keep the stuff around:

James McIntyre, FEMA's acting press secretary, told CNN that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so "we needed to vacate them."

"Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA's needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA's inventory," McIntyre wrote in an e-mail.

And then, of course, there's the whole idea of something being "excessed." A charity group in New Orleans says it has been pleading with FEMA for the same supplies it turned loose.

Full read: FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims.



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Instead of the typical finger pointing and accusations that will, and should come from this report, perhaps this time we will see some serious ACTION from our government. It is a fact that our nation has the means to support these people.

Sent by Noah Ganeles | 2:55 PM | 6-11-2008

Wow. It seems like actually giving the supplies to Katrina victims was out of the question, then?

Sent by Ed | 5:08 PM | 6-11-2008

My area got a huge supply of FEMA blankets. Too many. If you asked for a blanket, churches would insist you take 3 becuase they didn't want to store them anymore.

It was nice, becuase you can't wash them (they are made of recycled material and fall apart), so when they got too dirty you could just chuck them and get new ones. But the gluttony of blankets did seem slightly wasteful; couldn't help but wonder if we all were using blankets that were meant for others but we got by mistake.

Sent by Brian | 5:25 AM | 6-12-2008

I didn't RTFA, but my initial thoughts on this are that if the supplies (whatever they may be) are not being given to the Katrina victims, as long as they are being given to people who need them, then there's no harm done, overall. Whatever is keeping the Katrina victims from receiving assistance is ridiculous. But...

There are tons of needy people in this country who have not been victims of a natural disaster, but who are just as desperate and deserving of our help!

But I guess FEMA is probably not distributing stuff to homeless or needy people unaffected by natural disasters, either, so my comment is probably pointless. Unfortunately

Sent by LaBajista | 8:25 AM | 6-13-2008

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