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  • When Snow Melts, FEMA Funds Can Be Used for Health Care and Pensions

    As we have written extensively, the federalization of natural disaster response is a losing proposition, as many states that have few natural disasters subsidize the states that have frequent (but fairly routine) natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, fires, and storms. Now we learn that it isn’t just disaster response and recovery costs we are subsidizing; now we are federalizing and subsidizing health care and pension costs of local government workers. As reported, Stafford County, Virginia, used its FEMA money, allocated for snow removal, to cover the costs of health care and pensions to a tune of $200,000.

    When will the Congress rein in FEMA?

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    4 Responses to When Snow Melts, FEMA Funds Can Be Used for Health Care and Pensions

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      "When will the Congress rein in FEMA?"

      Rein it in? How about eliminate it? One of the most wasteful programs in government. States, towns and cities already have emergency management programs. 99% of the time these local organizations have to wait for the feds to come to the scene, brush off the moth balls, get educated and finally get into the action. Every emergency they have been involved with seems to be plagued with incompetence or politics. Just leave it up to the states and let them coordinate what they need to for handling emergencies. Every emergency should be headed by the governor of that state the emergency occurred in. The Governor should be setting up a task force to coordinate the emergency response. Emergencies that span states can be handled by the multiple governors.

      If the money fopr FEMA never left the state there would be more money for states to properly plan for an respond to emergencies.

    2. GotFreedom says:

      "FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards." http://www.fema.gov/about/index.shtm

      Exactly what "hazard" did the recent winter weather cause to the Stafford govt's hc/pensions that they had to use FEMA money???

    3. GotFreedom says:

      . . .in addition to our first comment, we saw this on FEMA's website:

      "On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)."
      http://www.fema.gov/about/index.shtm

      Not only is FEMA the problem/needs to be "reigned in", but DHS isn't any better and are handing out $$$ like it grows on trees as well:

      "Fire Department gets $929K grant to increase staffing; police to add more officers, too"

      "Almost one-million dollars has been awarded to the Findlay fire department through the Department of Homeland Security. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced the 929-thousand dollar grant today. The money will go toward increasing staff levels."

      "Meanwhile, the Findlay Police Department is hiring four officers and expects to add even more officers soon."

      "The Courier reports three men and one woman will replace officers who have retired or left the force for other reasons, bringing the department strength back to 65."

      "Police Chief Greg Horne said he expects a swearing in ceremony for the new officers to take place early next month."

      "The funds come through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program to improve Ohio’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards."
      http://www.wfin.com/localnews201.asp?id=6475&…

      While we want to see our fire/police forces maintained for our safety/protection, why doesn't this $$$ come from the municipalities first and second, where the heck is this DHS/FEMA $$$ coming from–America is broke!

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