Thursday, October 25, 2007
FEMA reform not really tested yet
If the tone of this Register editorial sounds like some stuff that's appeared previously on this blog, perhaps that's not a coincidence. For President Bush's visit, we thought we would acknowledge that so far the feds don't seem as incompetent as they seemed after Katrina. This is hardly surprising. This is the biggest disaster since then and they're going to be on their toes. But for various reason, this is not a good comparison to Katrina. State and local governments have experience with fires, and there hasn't been a problem with volunteers and other helpers getting access to evacuees. FEMA might do fine, but the real test will come as they handle those who are homeless for whatever period until houses are rebuilt or they decide to move elsewhere.