Wednesday, June 04, 2008

FEMA: Creator of Disaster and Tragedies

from the Associated Press:
Draft plan: FEMA may use trailers in new disaster

The government may house disaster victims in trailers this hurricane season as a last resort, despite promises never to use them again because of high levels of formaldehyde found in trailers used after the Katrina catastrophe
FEMA Director R. David Paulison has said there will be no more trailers while he is in office. But his deputy says that's not a sure thing should there be another catastrophic disaster.
"We're putting our head in the sand," deputy administrator Harvey Johnson said in an interview Monday. "If we had a Katrina again, there's probably no way we could respond to a Katrina without having to deploy all available options, which will include travel trailers."


Meanwhile, in FEMA's latest effort at obtaining positive press, before dawn this morning a resident of a FEMA trailer since Hurricane
Katrina was shot and killed as the Federal Agency
tried to reclaim his formaldehyde-ridden trailer.

From Yahoo news

NEW ORLEANS - A nearly 10-hour standoff with a police SWAT team ended Wednesday morning when police fatally shot the mentally ill occupant of a federally supplied trailer in one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Federal Emergency Management Agency workers alerted police Tuesday afternoon after a man with a handgun ordered them to leave the trailer in an overgrown, weedy lot in the affluent Lakeview neighborhood after an inspection, authorities said.
The confrontation began after 49-year-old Eric Minshew, wearing a gun in his waistband, threatened FEMA workers who were attempting to reclaim the trailer in which he was living, police said.
The man locked himself inside a partly gutted home adjacent to the trailer. Police got into the downstairs part of the home, but the man shot at them twice, causing no injuries, officials said. Authorities shot the man around 2 a.m. after he pointed a handgun at officers who tried to arrest him, police said. The man later died at a hospital.
The man's brother told police that he was mentally ill and had been untreated for years, according to a statement from Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman.
The man's trailer was the only one visible for blocks. The whole block appeared abandoned, the houses unrepaired since the storm, their windows broken.

how many swat teams does it take to control one mentally ill man?

The FEMA inspection was a first step toward reclaiming the trailer. The federal agency has been pushing to get residents out of trailers across the Gulf Coast, in part because possibly dangerous levels of the chemical formaldehyde have been found in many of them.
FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said the agency cannot release any specifics about the case, such as when the man got the trailer or whether anyone else lived there with him.

There's more information here at the TP website.
The cracks in the mental health services in New Orleans is criminal.
What a multi-faceted tragedy, this legacy of the bumbling crooked Bush administration, the embarassing ineptittude of Blanco realm, the laissez-faire attitude of the self-serving Nagin and the farce that is FEMA.

First the story of the formaldehyde in trailers and now the agency wants to dump people out on the streets.

Some people will say that it's been almost three years, why haven't these people found a place to live? No one know the answer to this.

There are countless stories as to why people are still living in these poisonous tin cans.

Don't judge these people, folks, unless you've been in their shoes.

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