Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fixing FEMA

If you've been reading my blog for a while, this will look very familiar to you.

Have you ever wondered why it is that the LDS Church is able to successfully evacuate people who are in the path of a natural disaster, while FEMA hasn't gotten things quite right yet? Have you ever wondered why FEMA isn't asking the same question?

Do you know where our local FEMA office is located? FEMA

How quickly do you think you could get relief from an office handling so many areas?

What I proposed a few years ago (and still do today) is to have more FEMA offices covering small geographical areas. Think of the Bishop's Storehouses/Welfare Centers of the Church. Now picture if there were barracks located around those welfare centers to handle mass housing for an evacuation.

What I am proposing is using closed military bases as FEMA Regional Centers/Evacuation Centers. They were already built to handle large numbers of people, complete with their own offices, PX (Grocery Store), Medical Facilities, Barracks (housing), as well as access to a power grid and utilities to handle the numbers.

When FEMA had bought a bunch of trailers for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, this is what I had planned: FEMA Evacuation Center.

Now I would do this, only without the trailers.

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