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FEMA boss: Money won’t be a problem for hurricane relief

By The Associated Press
August 31, 2011

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate gestures during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug., 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The head of the federal disaster assistance agency says recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene will proceed regardless of a dwindling emergency fund.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate tells CBS’s “The Early Show” a drawdown in assistance funds will have no negative impact on the agency’s efforts to help stricken Eastern Seaboard states.

Fugate says “we’re going to do what we’re supposed to do.” He says FEMA “will work with the White House on funds needed to recover from this and other disasters.” The agency has less than $800 million left in its disaster coffers.

Fugate says FEMA’s current focus is on Hurricane Irene recovery efforts and says it must also gird for any new disasters.

“We don’t know what’s coming down the line,” he says.

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3 Responses to FEMA boss: Money won’t be a problem for hurricane relief

  1. Carl Nemo

    August 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    “The agency has less than $800 million left in its disaster coffers.” …extract from article

    I thought FEMA was part of the ‘war on terror team’…no?

    Evidently these agencies don’t share funding when it comes to domestic natural disasters, but they have beaucoup bucks for surveillance gadgets along with Homeland Security/TSA “flatliners” groping citizens at airports, train stations and bus depots. / : |

    Actually I’m glad they are going broke, due to the demonstrated wastage of Federal funds associated with the FEMA ‘assisted’ Katrina disaster.

    Our government going broke is the only way it can be euthanized with our remnant nation reverting to state and local control. We don’t need no stinkin’ ‘leaders/reps’ in D.C. to squander our tax dollars along with indebting us to the 12th of forever. I’m also for moving the seat of the nation’s capital to the Midwest, possibly Nebraska away from the Boston~New York City axis of financial evil with “dirty money” links to old Europe. This would also mean a defacto end of the Federal Reserve along with their ongoing “funny money” scams. The Fed has managed to destroy this nation in less than one hundred years since its founding with their engineered boom and bust cycles.

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. gloria

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    What about the money they took back for the tornado victims in Missouri ? And that is a fact ! I live in MO.

  3. woody188

    September 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Maybe they intend to kill most those affected via contaminated trailers?

    Last I checked, $800 million didn’t cover $4 billion in damages.

    It would have been funny watching Chris Christie beg for help if there wasn’t real people hurting. Apparently taxes should only be cut when he doesn’t need them.