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Old 01-01-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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We pulled into Waveland Sunday night. We're here to do some recovery work from Katrina. On Monday we rode around a bit to get the lay of the land, I must say we were disturbed to say the least. After all this time many areas are still devastated. The government tells us how much they are doing but that's BULL. I've talked to some of the fine folks down here and have heard nothing but horror stories about FEMA responses. They are still making people jump through hoops. I would imagine the homes that have been rebuilt had insurance that isn't screwing them over or are owned by people with th resources to go it alone. The people with little money are still living in FEMA trailers where there homes once stood. If we as a people can't help those in our own country in need, I don't know how much longer we will be the best place on earth to live. I'm sure I'll be flamed by all the "did it on my own so why can't they types" but this is truly mind boggling.
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We pulled into Waveland Sunday night. We're here to do some recovery work from Katrina. On Monday we rode around a bit to get the lay of the land, I must say we were disturbed to say the least. After all this time many areas are still devastated. The government tells us how much they are doing but that's BULL. I've talked to some of the fine folks down here and have heard nothing but horror stories about FEMA responses. They are still making people jump through hoops. I would imagine the homes that have been rebuilt had insurance that isn't screwing them over or are owned by people with th resources to go it alone. The people with little money are still living in FEMA trailers where there homes once stood. If we as a people can't help those in our own country in need, I don't know how much longer we will be the best place on earth to live. I'm sure I'll be flamed by all the "did it on my own so why can't they types" but this is truly mind boggling.
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Mike and Peggy, Thanks for helping the people.
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by hondo122:
We pulled into Waveland Sunday night. We're here to do some recovery work from Katrina. On Monday we rode around a bit to get the lay of the land, I must say we were disturbed to say the least. After all this time many areas are still devastated. The government tells us how much they are doing but that's BULL. I've talked to some of the fine folks down here and have heard nothing but horror stories about FEMA responses. They are still making people jump through hoops. I would imagine the homes that have been rebuilt had insurance that isn't screwing them over or are owned by people with th resources to go it alone. The people with little money are still living in FEMA trailers where there homes once stood. If we as a people can't help those in our own country in need, I don't know how much longer we will be the best place on earth to live. I'm sure I'll be flamed by all the "did it on my own so why can't they types" but this is truly mind boggling. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mike,

It isn't FEMA. I did not get to go but the crew I work with did and they tell of scalpers that require money up front for insurance estimates and then don't show ever. We did a roof for one woman who was neighbor to the lady we went to help. She was in shock when they told her a contribution of $800 would cover all the repairs done to her house. She was extremely angry and waiting for the gotcha and then broke into tears when there wasn't any. She explained that she had already paid over $6000 to relief workers for the roof repair and they never came back to do it.

Over 500 homes were repaired and made livable by our group at a average cost of $1200 per home. We don't charge for labor.
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Old 01-01-2008, 04:32 PM   #5
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I'm sure that the FEMA has made some mistakes. It is a government agency, so of course it is inefficiant.

But I'll bet that some of the problems are due to crooks, as mentioned above, and people who don't do 'their part' in the recovery.
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We went to Waveland in February 2005 and did clean up in houses that were ruined by the Kathrina. We went back in May 2007 and were surprised at the lack of recovery.
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Depending on the government is usually not a good idea.
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