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Monday, September 06, 2021

It has been almost five years since Hurricane Matthew flooded the small town of Fair Bluff, on the coastal plain of North Carolina. But somehow, the damage keeps getting worse.

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FEMA needs to post exclusion zones where you are on your own from now on.
#3 | POSTED BY BORED

So what then? Excluding them from federal assistance doesn't mean the need to help people during a disaster goes away. Local/state authorities will just end up competing with each to stock up on emergency supplies? You just create a situation where the already at risk are at even greater risk. The poorer areas will lose out to the wealthier areas in the competition for resources. Politicians with more pull will make sure their districts are not excluded. What happens when simultaneous disasters? Will FEMA have the authority to divert supply orders away from the excluded areas if they have a simultaneous disaster? We saw how poorly that worked last year when states were competing with each other to obtain emergency medical supplies and FEMA was redirecting orders. We are still dealing with the results of that horrible policy.

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-09-06 01:47 PM | Reply

Perhaps we should start by doing something about those who lie to our population and convince millions that there is not global warming, that vaccinations don't work or are just unnecessary, that our expensive foreign wars of choice were patriotic necessities, etc. Disinformation needs to end in America, it's killing us and ending democracy.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-06 02:09 PM | Reply

"And what about earthquakes "

By all means let's equate something that happens every 25-50 years with something that happens EVERY DAMN YEAR.

Dumb@ss.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-06 02:25 PM | Reply

Climate change is bankrupting America's small towns? You aint see nothin' yet! Climate change is bringing down the hammer on the entire American way of life, and the vast majority of Americans do not yet see it or understand it. (Much easier to blame one of the political Parties.)

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-06 04:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Americans do not yet see it or understand it.

Neither does most of the world. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so people will eventually adapt whether they want to or not.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-09-06 04:45 PM | Reply

#4 Move to where the risk of disaster is manageable.
If FEMA has bailed you out twice in fifty years, you should be on your own, you have exceeded your bailout cap.
If you live where hurricanes are regular occurrences, build appropriately, don't expect a socialist bailout.

Where I live the big risk is a mega earthquake or forest fires. If a mega quake happens, people living on unstable ground, or near the coast, or older high buildings are screwed. They should move or accept the risk. Living in a large forest is lovely, but is a risk.

Manage your risks, or accept them.

Also, FEMA should be funded by property taxes.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-06 05:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Small towns hold way more political power per capita than large cities. They also tend to vote for Republicans and not believe in climate change.

With great power comes great responsibility and consequences for their voting choices.

#7 | Posted by dibblda at 2021-09-06 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Climate change is bankrupting America's small towns? You aint see nothin' yet! Climate change is bringing down the hammer on the entire American way of life, and the vast majority of Americans do not yet see it or understand it. (Much easier to blame one of the political Parties.)

#9 | Posted by moder8

Well when one of the political parties has prevented the other political party from acting on climate for decades, they've certainly earned that blame.

The covid crisis and the climate crisis are really part of the same crisis - the right wing stupidity crisis.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-07 01:54 PM | Reply

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