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    FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    MARION, Ky. - A crippling winter storm has plunged about a million customers into the dark from the Midwest to the East Coast, and thousands of people in ice-caked Kentucky have sought refuge in motels and shelters.

    Dozens of deaths have been reported and many people are pleading for a faster response to the power outages. Some in rural Kentucky ran short of food and bottled water, and resorted to dipping buckets in a creek.

    Thousands fled frigid, powerless homes for hotels and even a heated auditorium at Murray State University that was converted into a shelter following Monday's storm that left some areas in up to 1 inch ice.

    Utility workers hoped to speed up efforts Saturday to turn the lights back on. Still, rural communities feared it could be days or even weeks before workers got to areas littered with downed power lines….

    Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    In Kentucky's Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees. He said roads are littered with fallen trees and people shivering in bone-chilling cold are in need.

    "We've got people out in some areas we haven't even visited yet," Smith said. "We don't even know that they're alive."

    Smith said FEMA was still a no-show days after the storm.

    "I'm not saying we can't handle it," Smith said. "We're handling it. But it sure would have made life a lot easier."
    FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis (OneNewsNow.com)

    It's interesting that FEMA hasn't improved any, even with the ONE as President now. It was bad enough last September when Hurricane Ike caused hundreds of thousands to lose power here, but at least it was warm then. The poor folks without power now are using anything they can to stay warm. There was one family on tv over the weekend that was burning their wood fence to stay warm. The shelters, if you can get to them, are mostly full of people, so there's not much that people can do.

    Come on Obama, get FEMA into high gear. Just because Kentucky voted for Bush is no reason to abandon the people here.

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    Where are the state national guards?
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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Where are the state national guards?
    All members of the National Guard have been activated to help out.

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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    With a large part of the guard serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, I am certain they are stretched thin right now.

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    It's all Bush's, err I mean Obama's fault!!!
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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    Did people not learn from Katrina? After Katrina, people shouldve gotten a nice wake up call that the Federal Government is nothing but a bunch of Keystone Cops when it comes to natural disasters.
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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Did people not learn from Katrina? After Katrina, people shouldve gotten a nice wake up call that the Federal Government is nothing but a bunch of Keystone Cops when it comes to natural disasters.
    Well time to pull those trailers out of Louisianna, and send them to the new disaster zone. I hope Nagin has got a plan to handle this.
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    FEMA definitely needs some re-structuring. How they are currently working is insufficient.

    Damn you Obama for not being able to completely re-build the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the first 10 days of office! What a lazy ass!
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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    FEMA definitely needs some re-structuring. How they are currently working is insufficient.

    Damn you Obama for not being able to completely re-build the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the first 10 days of office! What a lazy ass!
    Well, he immediately issued an executive order and got rid of those pesky lobbyist in his administration didn't he?

    Ooops, I forgot. Never mind.

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    Re: FEMA condemned for slow response to ice storm crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Well, he immediately issued an executive order and got rid of those pesky lobbyist in his administration didn't he?

    Ooops, I forgot. Never mind.
    So he should have issued an executive order disbanding FEMA or telling FEMA to get their **** together and that would have led to a positive response from FEMA 10 days later?
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