FEMA Running out of Money
The money that is used to help communities and individuals when they are hit hard by disasters, is almost gone. This is extremely bad news for those who have been victimized by Hurricane Irene and towns that were destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year, like Joplin, Missouri.
Administrator Craig Fugate, who represents FEMA, said that the agency’s fund has dwindled down below $800 million. With under $1 billion at their disposal, the agency has been authorized only to disperse payments for emergency repairs.
That decision means that many needed long-term projects, rebuilding schools, damaged structures and roads that were the victims of tornadoes in the southeastern U.S. and Joplin, are going to have to wait on the funds.
Fugate doesn’t know if they have enough money in the disaster fund to cover all the damages brought on by Hurricane Irene which has major damages that stretched all the way from North Carolina to Vermont. They are hoping that Congress will appropriate additional funds so FEMA can resume their long-term projects.
FEMA is waiting for a bill to pass the Senate that will guarantee an additional $1 billion that will be added to the relief fund. President Obama has guaranteed the agencies that they will receive all the help they need from federal authorities.
Congress cannot afford to play politics this time around. There are already rumors from Republicans that they want more spending cuts to make up for the disaster relief money. U.S. citizens cannot afford to wait on help and are counting on their elected officials to do the right thing.
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