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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

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glendenbg
Salt Lake City, UT

It's not politicizing things to see how the President handled a crisis. He has worked across the board with leaders of every political stripe to plan for and respond to Sandy. It's also not politicizing it to point out that candidate Romney has called for privatizing FEMA.

With Katrina 1800+ people died because the previous administration didn't place a premium on having a professional and competent FEMA. With Sandy, it hit the most densely populated part of the US evacuations were timely and relatively efficient and thus far the death toll is 70 people. That's what happens when resources are mobilized in a timely fashion. That's what happens when the administration values professionalism in disaster management.

It's a good time to have the conversation. Could state governments have handled Sandy on their own? No. Federal leveal coordination has been a key component of thus far successfully handling a sitaution that was the worst case scenario in almost every way. The Editorial board is trying to declar the topic off limits when it is timely and cogent.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "glendenbg" why couldn't state government have handled Sandy on their own? Do evacuation orders only come from the Federal government?

So far, the state and local officials are doing the majority of the work in New York, while FEMA sits around and fills out the paperwork to start getting things going.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

per LDS Liberal on 10/31 at 9:42a

If Willard got rid of FEMA what would happen to G Beck's concentration camps?

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

to Redshirt1701

"So far, the state and local officials are doing the majority of the work in New York, while FEMA sits around and fills out the paperwork to start getting things going."

Ideally, that is how it s/b... the Federal Gov't should act as an overseer/mediator in ***Interstate issues***.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Hank Pym" but FEMA isn't doing anything, that is the point. If FEMA does nothing, why do we need to keep funding it?

This isn't an interstate issue, this is a local issue. NY City is effected, but upstate New York isn't.

Again, how many people are being fed by FEMA filling out paper work before they can do anything?

The answer is none. People are being helped by private groups that are sending food in to churches and organizations that can distribute it to those in need.

Meanwhile the liberals in New York are running the New York marathon, taking the first responders away from those in need, and are using generators to power the clocks, instead of powering the gas stations. Doesn't that sound a lot like Rome, and providing the circus to entertain the people while they starve?

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

@ Redshirt1701

"This isn't an interstate issue, this is a local issue. NY City is effected, but upstate New York isn't."

NJ was affected. Therefore, its an interstate issue.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Hank Pym" you are confusing multi-state with interstate. The problems that New York has are not causing problems for New Jersey.

There are multiple states with problems. Having trees down in Staton Island does not correlate to any problems in New Jersey.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"That's a $13.5B and 10K-person drain on money and resources available to respond to disasters, and merely duplicates efforts and resources available at state, county, and municipality emergency action centers."

really? Download the Utah state budget. It is available on line in an excel spreadsheet. Find the budget lines that that match up to what FEMA does..... give it a try. And the things you will find, like the National guard, Utah only funds 1/7th the cost of that. The rest is federal funds.

Agreed that Utah even if devastated is much smaller then New Jersey. Lets say the clean up bill were instead to 50 Billion, it were 8 billion. Find me an 8 billion dollar pot of money in the Utah budget that can cover this? The entire Utah budget is just 2 billion. Were talking cost multiples of the annual budgets of these states and cities.

The math just doesn't work. In national disasters, the nation needs to help because no state could do it alone.

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