We’re from the Government and we’re here to help

Posted on: June 13, 2011

As President Reagan used to say, those are the worst words in the world you would want to hear. It seems that FEMA is sending letters to homeowners whose homes were destroyed in the tornado over a month ago “not unsafe to live in” with “insufficient damage” and therefore families have been denied federal emergency assistance.

Now these homes were completely destroyed and flattened. The families cannot live in these houses because all is left in many cases are just concrete slabs. Take for example, a homeowner by the name of Mr. Stewart whose house was totally destroyed. A FEMA inspector inspected his property in the Pleasant Grove residence. Three days after the visit he received a letter stating: ‘Based on your FEMA inspection, we have determined that the disaster has not caused your home to be unsafe to live in. Although the disaster may
have caused some minor damage it is reasonable to expect you or your landlord to make these repairs. At this time you are not eligible for FEMA housing assistance.’

But then FEMA says that if you think their determination is wrong, homeowners can appeal it – more bureaucratic red tape. What do you think would have been done if this happened right after Katrina in Louisiana? Would there be racist comments about it?

So be afraid, be very afraid if someone tells you that they are from the Government and there to help you. You’ll be caught in a storm of red tape and idiocy!


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