The Diva is feeling discouraged this week from the lack of interest and comments from readers. In the past week or so, she posted two really serious articles:
(1) June 8 – FEMA Wants More Responsibility for Recovery to Go to State and Local Government, which discusses a policy shift by FEMA, which would mean the agency plans to pull out much sooner from the recovery process and expect state and local agencies to manage the long-term recovery.
(2) June 13 – Staffing Problems at FEMA, which discusses the serious deficiencies in the Reservist program as well as staff depletion issues. In recent disasters the lack of staff, and lack of well-trained staff has been a serious limitation to the response and recovery. One has to wonder what the agency plans to do to increase its effectiveness?
This blog reaches several hundred people per day, all of whom seemingly have an interest in disaster recovery. Yet the response to the major issues raised by the two posting noted is limited and passive.
Update on June 16 – it took a while but finally several people have provided comments. Thanks!
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