Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Big Ole' Mess

Thank each of you for responding. But get this-our country is in terrible shape. We are very unorganized, and we lack planning skills as well as many other skills. Apparently FEMA, requested the State of Missouri to take 2500 evacuees. The state agreed. Then FEMA came back and said plans were changed, they could only send 500. Mind you this was after hundreds of volunteers redesigned an airplane hanger at the airport. They built a cafeteria, recreation rooms, health rooms, couples, singles, senior citizen rooms, family rooms, showers and bathrooms, to be told that it was a mistake. FEMA didn't intend to send anyone to Missouri. Can you believe that? How dumb are these people?

They had many conversations with the governor. But even still, we may get to work face to face with the victim of Hurricane Katrina. We were told today that many other evacuees came in cars, because they had nowhere else to go. We've been told there might be 5,000 who fled to this area because the hotels were filled through the southern states. So the local organizations in this coalition that my company is a part of have started to registered and placed these families into some of the homes and churches that built rooms for their guests. Our task is this...my staff and I will walk the children, teens and college students through the education system so they will not become frustrated and stressed out. So we may still get face-to-face contact. In addition, six of the staff went to the United Way today to pack boxes and sort clothes by sizes, others will go tomorrow and Thursday.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to pack boxes because yesterday we set up a phone bank so that volunteers could operate out of our offices coordinating services and I have to supervise and train the staff who will do this...for more of this story you could read it in today’s' St. Louis Post Dispatch. The governor is pissed. He wants all the money back our state put in to do all this over their mistake and he is saying he will get reimbursed. Stay tuned...

11 comments:

Deb S. said...

Ouch!

Michele's Mumblings said...

Dang...what a mess for sure.
Your state should get reimbursed for funding such a large project on the request of FEMA, only to be told "nevermind."
Kinda scary...what if our country were invaded by terrorists on a very large scale...would our government be able to help protect us? I don't know. :(

PINKSandROSES said...

i'm so tired of all the stupidity that has come along with this hurricane... people need to get their acts together

Shirazi said...

May this pass sooner and every thing comes to normal.

gramyactress@21 said...

My folk are no longer evacuees they are now survivers of Hurricane Katrina. You and your staff must be really passionate people. Hope everything is what you wanted it to be.

E said...

Wow..talk about disorganization! I agree with michele's mumblings...it is scary & what would the government do in event of a major terrorist attack? Blech...maybe powderpink's idea to arm ourselves wasn't such a bad one after all.

***Double_Oh_No*** said...

It is a huge mess and it angers me so to see what has happened--especially when one stops to think about what COULD happen.

RuffEndOfThePineapple said...

I am sorry to hear about you & organizations lost efforts towards such a noble cause. You know, Bill Clinton supposedly had a great hench-man in charge of FEMA. It's a shame that Bush had to appoint a figure of such incompetence during a time of such dyer need.

Clay said...

crazy how they are stopping people from doing what they can do!!!

lady in satin said...

Well...I think the government is definitely not living up to its full potential! I guess this dilemma with FEMA shows just how unorganized our government truly is. They need to do alot of work!!

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