After Irene, FEMA's Funding Dilemma

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene's rumble through the East Coast over the weekend is another natural disaster for FEMA deal with this year. At least 30 people have died, and that number may rise as flodding continues to cause problems in Vermont and upstate New York. Previously this year, the Mississippi River's had record-breaking floods and tornadoes ravaged through hundreds of miles of land, across numerous states. Already, FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running seriously low, with only $800 million to $1 billion left.

John Copenhaver, former FEMA regional director for the southeast U.S. under President Bill Clinton, and Jordan Fabian, political editor at Univision, on why Congress hasn't allocated more money for FEMA's emergency relief fund.

Comments [4]

Given the amount of funds left for FEMA, Mother Nature had better straighten up, or we will end up having a rough end of the year if any other disasters happen. I mean, how much punishment can this country take with damage losses because of her fury? Really!

Sep. 04 2011 01:34 PM
Reader

People who like Obama will not read these
books. Even when he has proven them to
be accurate and factual.

Aug. 30 2011 10:58 AM
listener

Over the last 30 months trillions were spent on things the federal government should not be involved in while FEMA is being neglected which is the federal responsibility. This is why the administration's reckless spending impacts national security.
Just like the debt ceiling debate and taxes which could have been sorted out last year, could it be that the Democrats are deliberately putting off these issues for political reasons at the expense of the nation?

Aug. 30 2011 09:20 AM
karenkass from oakpark

There are plenty of books written on the subject and it would be good for everyone to read one and get prepared as these disasters are increasing and not decreasing at the moment.
http://bit.ly/n5PJuj

Aug. 30 2011 01:57 AM

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