Are Some Communities Surviving on Disaster Relief Funds?

This is a new and important topic for those of us interested in the recovery phase. Your comments are invited.

From a FL newspaper, see this article: FEMA money keeps many Florida counties afloat.

This article references a Bloomberg News article from a month ago, which was titled:
The Areas America Could Abandon First.  Some excerpts:

You could drive a shrimp boat 1,300 miles along the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Fort Myers and not pass a single county or parish that voted against Donald Trump. The cities and towns along that shoreline had better hope he remembers their support: Without increasing levels of federal spending, climate change could push parts of them out of existence.

So far this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has spent $1.1 billion on what are called Individual Assistance payments, which help households recover from natural disasters. There are no limits on the number of times a household can apply, so the program isn’t just a safety net; for some people, it’s effectively a subsidy to live in areas that are especially vulnerable to hurricanes, floods and storm surges.

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2 Responses to Are Some Communities Surviving on Disaster Relief Funds?

  1. plodinec says:

    From everything I’ve read and everyone I’ve talked to down in the bayous, those cajuns are unlikely to move whatever FEMA (or FIMA) does. However, I’m hesitantly in favor of continuing to provide funding but requiring that rebuilds are to a higher standard so that the same failure won’t occur again. The rash of recurring payments is as much FEMA’s fault for not doing this – in effect requiring that homeowners build the same thing that failed before – as it is those who effectively gamed the system.

    Oh, and the article’s premise that disasters are getting worse is absolutely false. Sea levels continue to rise at about the same rates they have the last 100+ years (3-4 mm/yr); it’s the SLR that is the biggest risk in the bayous.

    • recoverydiva says:

      Since the Diva has not been out in the field she is not personally familiar with the Cajun navy and army efforts. What you say sounds sensible to me.

      But I do differ with you on sea level rise.

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