A few Presidents have taken away resources from FEMA and as a result we are haunted by those poor decisions. The best program cut by President Bush and others was Project Impact where FEMA shared resources and more importantly knowledge on how to make communities more disaster resistant. The program emphasized how communities could be resilient when disasters strike. The American people have been led astray to think that government should be smaller until events like Hurricane Sandy, Katrina and Irene reminds us that State and Local Governments are not equipped to deal with these types of disasters.
We have an agency in FEMA that learns lessons from each disaster and that enables the government to be better able to respond in the future. Cutting FEMA is like cutting the military, fire department, and police department. It is my hope that “We The People” will wake up from the drunken state of cutting the size government and focus on what we lose when we don’t come up with viable alternatives. FEMA was cut but nothing replaced it. Now we can only hope for better days when our government can get back to the business of protecting its citizens instead of politicians making a name for themselves and not making our world a better place to live.
FEMA made our lives better, what have politicians done for us? FEMA gave us Community Emergency Response Teams and other programs that allow us (citizens) to be proactive and helps us to not be so dependent on government to solve all our problems. If we are organized we can provide food, water and other essentials to each other without waiting for the government to feed us when disasters strike. Wake up people, get FEMA back into the game.