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  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • FEMA denies Hawaii’s post-storm disaster request

    08/28/2014 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power lines. FEMA denied the request because “it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to go beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the agency wrote to the state Thursday. …
  • FEMA Wants to House Migrant Children in Empty Big Box Stores

    07/21/2014 12:46:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New Republic ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Lauren Markham
    In recent weeks, FEMA representatives have sent mass emails to advocacy networks throughout the country soliciting potential detention facilities and offering guidelines for acceptable spaces. The guidelines include being “Within 50 miles of major city (Pop ~200K)/airport; available for lease; able to be fenced or have adequate security.” Showers and toilets are preferable, according to the guidelines, but not necessary—so long as there is outdoor space for “staging areas for shower/restroom/laundry/kitchen trailers, etc.” Also preferred but not necessary, according to the email, is a kitchen, a cafeteria, recreational space, and classroom space. Suggestions for potentially workable locations? “Office space, warehouse,...
  • West Texas state school in Pyote recommended as shelter

    07/15/2014 10:55:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    oaoa.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | AUDRIS PONCE
    PYOTE A building that has stood vacant in the small, rural community of Pyote in West Texas could help house unaccompanied minors if given approval by the federal government. Odessa’s Una Voz Unida Founder and President Art Leal said his organization received an inquiry from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on places that could be used to house unaccompanied children as they wait for their court date. “We started thinking what we have around this area that would meet this criteria - I thought about the school in Pyote,” Leal said. The West Texas State School was a facility used...
  • ANGRY VIRGINIA RESIDENTS SAY 'NO' TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO HOUSE ILLEGALS

    06/20/2014 8:58:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | by KERRY PICKET
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Virginia—Over 1,000 angry residents of the small, rural town here gathered at Brunswick High School on Thursday and reamed out local, state, and federal government officials for offering the St. Paul’s College building as temporary emergency shelter for 500 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) coming from Texas. St. Paul’s, a historically black college, shut down five years ago after losing its accreditation. “Right now we have a town—I can go home. I can get supper. At 9 o'clock at night I can come back to my office by myself, go in there and do work, come out at 11:30, get...
  • Belmar's Sandy debris removal costs questioned by federal auditors

    05/05/2014 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | April 30, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Federal auditors are questioning more than $500,000 in Hurricane Sandy debris removal costs in Belmar, saying the town awarded two contracts that did not comply with federal rules and lacked paperwork to support other expenses. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General today released its findings about the hard-hit Monmouth County borough, marking the third time a federal audit of a Jersey Shore town’s debris removal work following the storm has been made public. The way two contractors charged for cleanup work accounted for more than half of the expenses flagged in Belmar’s audit. Federal auditors said Belmar...
  • America's PrepareAthon! (calling all sheep)

    04/23/2014 12:59:37 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 36 replies
    Fema email ^ | 04/23/2014 | fema.gov
    Thank you for your interest in community.fema.gov, the National Preparedness Community, and America's PrepareAthon! By joining, you can connect, collaborate, and empower yourself and others to fulfill our shared responsibility to prepare. There is no cost or obligation to do so. As a community member, you will have access to exclusive resources and be able to collaborate in the communities of practice, regional groups, national forms, and get updates from FEMA and emergency management personnel. Join now by completing the registration below.
  • Homeland Security Exercise Targets “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny”

    03/24/2014 10:15:49 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 31 replies
    Intelligence Minutemen ^ | March 24, 2014 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars reveal details of a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise set to take place this week, one of the components of which revolves around an effort to counter online dissent by a group called “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny,” which is disgruntled at the imposition of martial law after an earthquake in Alaska. The document again underscores the federal government’s obsession with characterizing libertarians and conservatives as some kind of extremist radical threat. The document (PDF) was leaked by an individual affiliated with Stewart Rhodes’ Oathkeepers organization and passed on to Infowars. It is entitled...
  • U.S., Citing ‘Urgent’ Need, Calls On Hospitals to Improve Disaster Plans

    03/11/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/11/14 | SHERI FINK
    The regulations would require hospitals, nursing facilities and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, and sewage and waste disposal during power losses, and to keep temperatures at a safe level for patients. Those inpatient facilities would also be expected to track displaced patients, provide care at alternate sites and handle volunteers. Transplant centers would need to identify alternate hospitals for patients awaiting organs — a challenge because centers maintain different transplant criteria. Home health care agencies would be required to help patients create personalized disaster plans. Hospices and others caring for frail, homebound patients...
  • For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn't Easy or Cheap

    02/20/2014 2:03:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | Miranda Leitsinger
    **SNIP** As FEMA has moved to update its decades-old flood maps, experts have cheered the effort. Using the latest in mapping technology such as laser beams (LiDar) and computer modeling will account for climate change, they say, and will lessen the blow of devastating storms by compelling homeowners to reduce their risk. But critics caution that the maps, which are used to determine flood insurance premiums, are tough to challenge and in some cases are ensnaring homeowners who shouldn’t be in a flood zone. And though FEMA intends for everyone to pay their share, some businesses have found a way...
  • Ice Storm Leads to Record Number of Power Outages [Where is FEMA with generators and blankets??]

    02/07/2014 5:47:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/6/14 | By Vince Lattanzio, Dan Stamm and David Chang
    A record-number of people lost their power across the region thanks to a significant ice storm and power officials warn it could be days before everyone has their electricity back. "Based on the current conditions and the damage across the entire region, we believe service for the majority of customers will be restored by Friday night," said PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong. "However customers in more heavily-damaged areas will be without power through Sunday." PECO Energy, the largest power provider in the Philadelphia region, told NBC10.com the storm was the second worst in their history and worst winter storm outage ever with more...
  • FEMA forgives $67.8 million loan + interest from Hurricane Katrina for St. Tammany schools

    12/24/2013 3:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/23/13
    WASHINGTON -- The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government. The loan forgiveness is a response to a provision Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, added to a 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations that changed the criteria for loan forgiveness affecting some $211 million in Katrina-related loans.
  • The Town FEMA Turned Down The tide goes out on religious liberty

    11/23/2013 4:51:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 25, 2013, | Jonathan V. Last
    When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town’s boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove’s crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium’s foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind and rain....
  • A year after Superstorm Sandy, federal aid trickles in (90% of aid money unspent?)

    10/26/2013 9:58:38 PM PDT · by JediJones · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/2013 | Hilary Russ
    ...only a fraction of the aid money earmarked for recovery has been used, in what some claim is a painfully slow and opaque process. Only $5.2 billion of the pledged $47.9 billion had been tapped by cities and states by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And tracking those funds has been complicated, lawmakers said. "Transparency is woefully lacking. We don't know where the money is. We know people have been approved for grants, but the money has not been distributed," said New Jersey Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, chair of the environment...
  • New flood insurance rates spark anxiety in Gulf

    09/26/2013 12:55:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 24 Sept 2013 | Tamara Lush
    When Colin and Joyce Elston bought their Florida dream home in May, they were confident they could afford the three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch with a pool and a backyard overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Now they are not so sure. The retirees said they had enough in savings and investments to pay the mortgage and the $1,482 yearly flood insurance on the home, which sits on palm tree-lined Paradise Boulevard on Treasure Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. But within two months of moving in, they received a stunning surprise: Due to a recently passed federal law, their flood...
  • URGENT!!! POSSIBLE EMERGENCY ALERT FOR FEMA REGION

    08/20/2013 7:18:04 AM PDT · by VA Voter · 43 replies
    This is a video of FEMA presumably requiring massive amounts of food, water, drugs, military presumably for civil unrest in Washington, DC and surrounding states. The target date is the same as start of ObamaCare, Oct 1st. WTF. Is this BS or what?
  • FEMA Preparing For A Major Event In Region III (No Prob. 386,000 UN Troops to handle.

    09/20/2013 1:44:19 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    Sleuth Journal ^ | FEMA Preparing For A Major Event In Region III | Lisa Cerda
    Following the bread crumb trail of FEMA orders, retired State Senator Sheldon R. Songstad of South Dakota State issued an “Emergency Fema Region 3 Alert!!!,” on August 13th. Region three is comprised of; Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Songstad’s research turned up some very interesting facts. Each item on its own could go unnoticed, but the collective facts may be worthy of your attention and scrutiny. The U.S. government appears to be preparing for a major event. It appears that this event is being staged for approximately Oct. 1st. Let’s look at the numbers and dates....
  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    08/29/2013 9:51:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The containers (like those pictured) are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc. Reader Don sent this in recently: Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except...
  • FEMA’s Advice for Emergency Preparedness: Watch TV and Wait for Instructions

    08/21/2013 4:27:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    It might seem laughable that FEMA – the Federal organization that eventually melted over $12.5 million worth of ice after Hurricane Katrina – has created a website focused on preparing individuals for eventual disaster. Yes, the organization that closed their Staten Island office because of bad weather after Tropical Storm Sandy, is now providing helpful suggestions for emergency preparedness. The project, on its face, is almost as comedic as the Federal Government’s “Feed the Pig” campaign to encourage saving for retirement. My first reaction to the government telling me to spend less money, or prepare better for emergencies, is “you...
  • Federal government says no to aid for Arizona fire that killed 19 firefighters

    08/10/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2013 | Ben Brumfield
    Arizona's top politicians blasted the Obama administration and federal officials over the denial of aid in the wake of the state's deadly wildfire. The Yarnell Hill blaze killed 19 firefighters, called "hotshots," in late June, when it changed directions and engulfed them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance based on insurance rules, it said in a statement Friday. It determined that not enough uninsured private individuals had become victims to warrant a payout. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer directed her criticism directly at the president. "I am deeply troubled by the Obama administration's decision to deny...
  • FEMA (taxpayer) Money Only for Blue States

    08/09/2013 10:12:52 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 11 replies
    8/9/13 | Originalbuckeye
    Obama has denied FEMA money to the victims of the Yarnell Fire. This fire was started by lightning. The Prescott Valley Granite Mountain Hotshots lost 19 firefighters in this fire, along with 129 homes and structures.
  • Dear Mr. Speaker

    08/06/2013 6:03:59 AM PDT · by SF_Redux · 4 replies
    Activist ^ | aug 5, 2013' | Teri Henkle
    Perhaps you need to rethink your oath Mr. Boehner, the Elites never keep their promises. We are not only a forgiving people, we are fair and just and that is a damn sight more than you will end up with if you keep letting them control you. It's nearing midnight and the party is over.... don't let your coach turn into a pumpkin!
  • Report: Disaster Looms: FEMA Scrambles To Stockpile Food Reserves

    08/05/2013 4:17:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 86 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/5/13 | Mac Slavo
    In recent years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been regionalizing disaster supplies and rapidly procuring hundreds of millions of ready-to-eat meals, blankets, and body bags. Coupled with the Department of Homeland Security’s suspiciously massive purchases of ammunition, firearms, and riot gear, it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. government is positioning itself in advance of an as of yet unknown widespread calamity. The stockpiling of supplies often considered prepper staples has been occurring since at least 2008, and has increased in scope and velocity throughout the last several years. In fact, the government has been buying so...
  • Are We Paranoid Enough Yet? FEMA’s Russia ‘Protocols’ Raise Serious Questions

    07/06/2013 6:49:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 6, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Oct. 8, 2012: Russia’s EMERCOM Minister Vladimir Puchkov (left) and U.S. Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness and Protection, Timothy Manning, sign the protocol of a bilateral meeting in Vladivostok, Russia.Have FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security signed a deal that would permit as many as 15,000 Russian troops to be deployed in the United States to deal with an unspecified emergency? This was not a question that I expected to be researching when I woke up today and decided to get back in the groove as Editor-in-Chief at ViralRead after the Fourth of July holiday. But then I checked...
  • It’s “Not An Invasion,” If We Think They Belong Here

    07/01/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 73 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/blog/ ^ | June 30, 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    I have an EMT friend up here in Northern Idaho, whom I trust implicitly. He has told me he has seen Russian soldiers in Montana multiple times. I believe him. But talk like this has been deemed ‘conspiracy’ fodder for years. Until now… When I first saw this today, I was not planning on writing a post. However, this convinced me otherwise. Obama has been openly building his own private ‘Brown Shirt’ forces under the IRS, FEMA and DHS. It would seem that he will have help from his friend Putin in Russia. I wrote on this last week and...
  • Several documents signed during joint work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA

    07/01/2013 9:02:58 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 14 replies
    Russian Emergency Situations Ministry ^ | 26 June 2013 | EMERCOM of Russia
    The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June. The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices. In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including...
  • Inside: Russias Toughest Prisons

    06/30/2013 12:38:00 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 21 replies
  • Tornado victims unable to get permits to rebuild their homes

    06/27/2013 4:18:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies
    NewsChannel4 KFOR ^ | 6/26/2013 | Adam Mertz
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY- Some tornado victims, who lost their homes, fear that they may not be able to re-build. Rhonda Northcutt said she is unable to get a building permit from the city because of where her home was located before it was destroyed.</p>
  • FEMA, Russian Ministry to Join Forces Against Space Threat

    06/26/2013 7:57:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | June 26, 2013
    Russia and the United States will work together to improve protection against meteorites and other space threats, Russia’s emergencies minister said on Tuesday following a joint Russia-US working group meeting in Washington. “We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Russia's Emergencies Ministry will work together to develop systems to protect people and territory from cosmic impacts,” Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov told journalists. The meeting also covered other kinds of natural emergencies, such as recent years' extreme weather in Russia and United States, but it was cooperation to counter space threats that stole the limelight...
  • "Mass Casualty Event" Guru coordinating plans at FEMA

    06/16/2013 8:33:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/16/13 | George Spelvin
    While Director of Boston’s EMS, Richard Serino (now the Obama Deputy FEMA Director) developed and authored a 39 page PDF publication entitled “A Tale of Two Cities and the Running of a Planned Mass Casualty Event.” (1) In 2009, Serino retired from his Boston post to serve under FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Prior to his promotion, Serino created Course 18 which contains the following seven chapters: “Presentation Overview, Planned Disaster Concept, Groundwork, Collaboration , Planning, Execution, and Evaluation and Analysis.” Florida Atlantic University Professor James F. Tracy is being credited for bringing this important publication to our attention in...
  • Subsidizing Disaster

    06/14/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The New York Times is pleased with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 438-page, $20 billion plan to protect New York from the effects of future hurricanes. It notes benignly that the cost is probably an underestimate but agrees with the mayor, "Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is we can't run the risk." Really? Imagine the argument: "Whether you believe zombies are real or not is beside the point. ... We can't run the risk." Clearly one's willingness to undertake these sorts of preparations depends completely on whether the perceived danger is...
  • [Washington State] Area residents alerted to flooding - in Puerto Rico

    06/13/2013 9:06:11 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 6/13/2013 | Alexis Krell
    It wasn’t clear if residents of Puerto Rico got the warning about possible flash flooding in parts of the U.S. territory Wednesday, but at least some Pierce County residents did. Cellphones across Western Washington warned users of flash flooding, though the National Weather Service said the local forecast called for nothing of the sort, and that the warning seemed to refer to some areas of Puerto Rico. How widespread the alert was is not known, but at least several Tacomans said they got it about 1:40 p.m. “Flash flood warning this area til 6 p.m. AST. Avoid flood areas. Check...
  • FEMA denies aid to Texas town where fertilizer plant exploded

    06/12/2013 5:56:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/12/13 | Fox
    HOUSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." The blast killed 10 first responders and brought national attention to the agricultural community. President Barack Obama traveled to the area to attend a memorial service for the...
  • FEMA denies aid to Texas for West blast

    06/12/2013 11:11:17 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 60 replies
    WFAA ^ | 6/12/2013 | Associated Press
    WEST, TEXAS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." The blast killed 10 first responders and brought national attention to the agricultural community. President Barack Obama traveled to the area to attend a memorial service for...
  • Obama Embraces Role As Consoler In Chief To Remain Above The Fray

    05/28/2013 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28,2013 | Niall Stanage
    President Obama will gain one more day of respite from the controversies that have crowded in on his administration Tuesday, as he tours the New Jersey coast to inspect the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The leftist lynch mob out to get Tom Coburn might want to put down their pitchforks

    05/22/2013 1:32:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/22/2013 | Conn Carroll
    There is no better steward of American taxpayer dollars than Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. When Hurricane Sandy struck last year, he fought to eliminate non-emergency items from a supplemental disaster relief bill that included millions for road construction in states not affected by the hurricane. So when a monster tornado struck his home state yesterday the liberal press immediately tried to brand Coburn as a hypocrite for accepting federal funds. The Huffington Post reported: "Coburn spokesman John Hart on Monday evening confirmed that the senator will seek to ensure that any additional funding for tornado disaster relief in Oklahoma be...
  • Fema Uses "Waffle House index" To Take Stock Of Oklahoma Tornado Disaster

    05/22/2013 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 22,2013 | Ewen MacAskill
    When the main US federal emergency agency arrives at the scene of a disaster-hit area, one of the first places it turns to is the local Waffle House – and not just for its officials to grab a quick bite.
  • Why Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn doesn't want tornado relief money

    05/21/2013 3:36:16 PM PDT · by redreno · 38 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/21/2013 | By Keith Wagstaff
    Coburn is sticking to his fiscally conservative principles, even after a twister killed at least 24 of his constituents On Tuesday morning, emergency responders began dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that killed at least 24 people in Moore, Okla., and injured at least 140 more. The White House has announced that "the administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available assistance in response to the severe weather." However, one of the state's two Republican senators, Tom Coburn, wants to put a stipulation on that offer: No federal aid without corresponding federal budget cuts.
  • Red Tape Delayed Funding Oklahoma Tornado Shelter Program

    05/21/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/21/2013
    The tornado-devastated town of Moore, Okla., had complained in February about regulatory delays from state and federal agencies that were preventing it from getting money for its county-wide tornado shelter rebate program. "The city's safe room rebate program is still 'on hold,' with not a lot changed from our update of last May [2012]," a statement posted on the City of Moore website said. "Our county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan still has not been approved by the state and FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency]... "There were changes to the federal requirements for this plan that occurred while our contractor was writing...
  • Where did all the money go? How $700 million in Katrina relief money went missing

    04/03/2013 7:25:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/03/2013 | Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Where did all the money go? “Your guess is as good as mine,” David Montoya, the inspector general of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says of $700 million in missing taxpayer money that Louisiana homeowners were given in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to elevate and protect their homes from future storms. A new report released from the inspector general’s office shows that more than 24,000 homeowners who received grants of up to $30,000 to elevate their homes either misspent or pocketed the money. “The fact of the matter is that the money they received was for a...
  • Sandy-hit Shore homeowners ask: "Where is the money?"

    04/02/2013 6:22:05 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 91 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4/1/2013 | Amy S. Rosenberg
    Underwater doesn't even begin to get at the heart of Maurice Corkery's predicament. "This was my summer home," the Delaware County plant manager said of his little rancher on Third Street in Ocean City, N.J., flooded with its foundation cracked - totalled, really - by Sandy. "I was trying to think of a time line," he said. "It's been so long. I'm so screwed up. I haven't seen any money. Where is the money? All they do is talk about it." [snip] "It seems like people who are responsible and have paid for coverage are the losers," he said. "The...
  • What is the Obama Youth Corps?

    03/07/2013 7:39:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 22 replies
    sodahead ^ | 10/12
    WHAT IS CAMP FEMA? Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. http://campfema.com/ http://www.training.fema.gov/ http://educationviews.org/homeland-security-graduates-first-c... http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/dhs-graduates-first-class-in-fema-camp-corps-is-this-the-2012-hitler-youth-corps/question-3278039/?page=5&link=ibaf&q=what+is+the+fema+youth+corps%3F
  • How America Is Becoming A Police State

    03/04/2013 5:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Whistleblower Magazine ^ | The March 2013 Issue
    News reports that the federal Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition have prompted many Americans to ask: Just who is the government preparing to go to war with? To radio talker Mark Levin, the answer is that “our society is unraveling” and DHS is preparing for “the collapse of our financial system, the collapse of our society and the potential for widespread violence, looting, killing in the streets, because that’s what happens when an economy collapses.” Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin agrees, saying, “We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling...
  • Democratic senators slam DEP for adopting FEMA's new flood elevation regs

    02/12/2013 6:36:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The state’s quick adoption of FEMA’s advisory flood maps was sharply criticized Monday by Democratic state senators who said some residents will needlessly spend tens of thousands of dollars to raise their homes to standards that could be eased. Calling the requirements adopted last month by the Department of Environmental Protection "insane," Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) asked scientists at a hearing in Toms River if the maps are "scientifically valid." At least two scientists — who testified before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee — declined to answer, but Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center of the Richard...
  • FEMA asks neighbors to help one another as storm blasts Northeast

    02/09/2013 2:48:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking those affected by Snowstorm Nemo to check on their neighbors and follow the direction of local officials as the Northeast corridor begins to dig out from under the massive blizzard. "Everyone has a role to play in the response to this winter storm," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a statement released Saturday morning. "Follow the direction of your state, local and tribal officials, and if you are told to stay off the roads, stay home, and when it is safe, check on your neighbors or friends nearby who may need assistance or...
  • Storm Panic Hits: B Of A Warns "Get Cash," FEMA Sees Blackouts

    02/08/2013 7:36:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | February 8, 2013 | Washington Examiner
    In what may be the first full digital storm panic, federal, state and business officials worried about the snow headed for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have taken to Twitter warn that a potential disaster is coming.
  • FEMA and the National Guard--working for or against the American public?

    01/20/2013 10:08:56 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/13 | George Spelvin
    A nationwide flu outbreak could be a sufficient excuse to call up the National Guard Rapid Response Parallel support module to take control of a “national emergency” with possible declaration of martial law protocols. According to a North Carolina police lieutenant, in some three to six months declarations of martial law could be made throughout the nation. In a two part radio broadcast aired by a Virginia pastor, Lieutenant McCoy has attracted the attention of more than 20,000 listeners. “We’re in huge trouble,” he says as he calls up memories of white, granite gravestones all over Europe; gravestones marking the...
  • MORE Reasons We're Not Forking-Over Our Guns to a Government That Just Bought 1.4B Rounds of Ammo...

    01/09/2013 2:30:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    You didn't hear about all that? Plenty more cause-to-suspect the intentions of this vile regime where that came from, and do keep in mind that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was intended to protect the populace from the actions of a tyrannical government-it wasn't meant for hunting, or even stopping stage-coach robberies- it's there primarily to defend Liberty from precisely the type of megalomaniacal leaders we find ourselves saddled with today... Powerful CA Senator Diane Feinstein has come right-out and stated her end-goal as confiscation of ALL guns in this country... President Obama has twice called for a 'Civilian National Security Force'...
  • Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes

    01/08/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster. "[A]fter Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did. And that's no accident: the federal government's ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back." What a fairy tale. Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life. They...
  • Obama signs bill for Sandy flood insurance claims

    01/06/2013 11:22:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 12:36 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. … The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned. …