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NPR Poll: Black, Latino Households Struggle To Pay Rent, Mortgages
"Some new data from an NPR poll suggests just how badly Americans are suffering economically during the pandemic. Here's NPR's Chris Arnold Gina Lost Her job as a school bus driver in Chicago during the pandemic she was managing. Okay with unemployment money. But then about two weeks ago, she got a desperate call from her adult son his job had laid him off. He wasn't able to pay rate. There was an eviction moratorium in Chicago, but Jean says the landlord wanted her son out anyway a warning what happened next is disturbing and violent. She says the landlord got someone to threaten her son and shoot his dog a German shepherd mix that he'd had for years Economi. His mom they kill my dog. And the GATT told me that he should kill me to. MSA. Said market you come over here. I went over there. I said, okay star packing you gather go. and. Never went back. Gene only wants to use her first name for fear retribution. She says, she was afraid to report what happened to the police, her son and his two kids if now moved in with her. Gene was one of more than three thousand people who took part in a poll from NPR the Robert Wood, Johnson? Foundation. And the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. Her. Story is a sad and dramatic example. But the poll found many people reported problems with housing healthcare, unsafe workplaces, and a very high percentage of Americans. Forty six percent said they're having serious financial problems are surprises how large the? Numbers are Robert Blend in is a Harvard public health professor. He says, the poll was done in July after Congress approved an extra six hundred dollars a week in federal and apply benefits, and that was still supposed to be flowing to people and yet. So many people said, they were struggling one in six households even reported missing or delaying major bills just so that they could buy food blending says it's. Like the government sent a hundred FEMA trucks into a disaster zone but a lot of people never saw them or got any help it just like interviewing people in a hurricane area and the people are telling you, there's no relief it should be there could be some people are having trouble accessing the HAL blend says the government should quickly try to discover where the biggest problems are and there could be. Another factor. My name is Linda Neuron who and I was an accounting manager dorato lives in Phoenix Arizona and lost her accounting job at a tow truck company in the pandemic. Once that stay home order was issued if our driving, they're not getting a car accidents if they're not getting in car accidents, we don't have much of a business Dorato said in the poll that she was having serious financial problems when. She was getting that extra six hundred dollars a week and so she was doing. Okay. But she knew that that was about to expire and that she wasn't going to be able to support her four kids on the state benefits alone which for her just two hundred, forty dollars a week in Arizona and she was right. She's now burned through almost all of her savings and she won't able to pay reds after next month it's extremely difficult. To sleep at night I wake up at two or three in the morning and I just have my mind's just racing just constantly racing, and then I'm having to get up in the morning and sit with my two younger children but I'm so focused on you know bills and money and jobs Dorato who's Latina says she's been looking for work with no luck. She says she has no family she can go live with or borrow money from. And Black and Latino households were two times more likely than white families to say that they've fallen behind on their rent or mortgage. It is striking. It's not surprising. David Williams is a Harvard professor who studies race and sociology. He says blacks and Latinos make money than whites and have less savings. So they're more vulnerable Andy says they're less likely to have family members who can afford to loan the money for. Rent or other bills for every dollar of wealth white households have African American households have ten pennies and Latino households have twelfth pennies. So it's really not surprising that they are really been hurt badly in the context of the pandemic
Trump announces billions in funding for Puerto Rico
"It's been three years since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and they are still rebuilding. Now, as we hear from correspondent Andy Field, the Trump administration announcing new FEMA aid Six weeks before the election of Puerto Ricans cannot cast electoral college vote, the president made it clear that his billions to help restore Puerto Rico's electric grid and pharmaceutical industry could help him politically. By contrast, Biden's Devastated the Allen to Puerto Rico. It's not clear how the president thinks Joe Biden hurt Puerto Rico, but Mr Trump needs citizens helped in a state where they can affect the Electoral College, Florida.
FEMA Approves $13 Billion In Aid For Puerto Rico
"President in today's speech, also announcing $13 billion in federal aid sent to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery following the devastation from Hurricane Maria back in 2017.
"This week from me here getting the problem that has no name. Feminist literature. All right. If we were going to cover just like feminism assure general, we would be here. Forever I'm sure there's already a podcast that that covers that folks I'm sure. So we're not trying to reinvent the wheel here. No. Quick definition. Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements in ideologies that aim to define establish in achieve the political economic, personal and social equality of the sexes. Feminism incorporates the position that society's prioritize the male point of view and that women are treated unjustly within those societies Charles for Ya who is a utopian socialist in French philosopher. He's the one that's credited with having coined the word FEMA KNEES MMA in. Thirty seven. So, modern Western, feminist history is conventionally split into three time periods or waves. So you'll typically hear them referred to as that Each of them has slightly different aims based on the prior progress that was made during the wave before. I wave feminism is the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that was focused on overturning legal inequalities, particularly addressing issues of women's suffrage. Second wave feminism is the nineteen sixty s and nineteen eighties that broaden the debate to include cultural inequalities gender norms in the role of women in society, and then third wave feminism. The nineteen ninety s to the thousands that refers to the diverse strains of feminist activity. So third wavers are see this as a continuation of the second wave in also as a response to the perceived failures out of the way before it. So I guess we're right outside third wave right now I think we're moving into the fourth wave interesting, which can't be defined until after it's passed exactly exactly a you. Hey I know my history man you know what I'm talking about or woman. Watch out I should say I WANNA point out as part of that definition. feminism is not women are better than men no absolutely not and it's still maintains to this day. It's about Equality Ackley. So exactly that's all I wanted to point. For our listeners great segue. Lauren. So seminaries literature, it can be fiction or nonfiction or drama or poetry that supports the feminine schools of establishing, defining and defending equal civil, political, economic, and social rights for women. So we're GONNA. Cover. Ten important feminist. Pieces of. Very excited that everyone should know. Great and we'll go in chronological order for me So the first we're GONNA talk about is a vindication of the rights of woman with strictures on political and moral subjects by. One, craft from seventeen ninety two. So this is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy it was published in the United Kingdom Mary wollstonecraft responded to th century educational and political theorist who believe that women should not receive a rational education. It was believed at the time that women were too susceptible to sensibility and too fragile to be able to think clearly. So not able to be. The recipient of a rational education. Sure. Sure. Sure. So craft argued that women's education should match their position in society in that they are essential to the nation because they raise its children and could act as respected companions to their husbands then yeah So Wall Street, maintain that women are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men and that treating them as ornaments or property for men undermines the moral foundations, a society which how about that you think You'd think that people any rational person would be like, yeah. That makes sense treat women as human beings. Sure. But the fact that there was such vitriol against this concept is like my to me but it was seventeen, ninety two that was like, yeah. Put it into writing and people are like. Dr. So her work had significant impact on advocates for women's rights in the nineteenth century particularly, the eighteen forty eight Seneca falls convention that produce the Declaration of sentiments which laid out the aims of the suffragette movement. In the United States Mary Wilson Craft her name might be familiar. She is the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. And she actually died eleven days after giving birth to Mary wollstonecraft shelley. So Mary wollstonecraft was like she was this great feminist philosopher great writer, her husband was super. Supportive. And she died in childbirth which. was killed a lot of women. Yeah. Septicemia man because men who were only allowed to be doctors. Refuse to treat women because of all of their naughty bits, nobody washed their hands. Oh Yeah. Nobody we should really point out. Yes. No one wash their hands that probably cost a lot of issues too.
FEMA Yanks Funding For Disinfecting New York Subways
"New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Patrick Boys, slamming FEMA for pulling $12 billion in emergency funding to the agency Paul the Castro reports, Senator Chuck Schumer said Thursday that FEMA is changing the rules for funding that will result in the Mt. Losing critical dollars used to sanitize subways and buses. In a statement, boys said the decision coupled with the government's inexplicable failure to provide $12 billion and desperately needed funding Makes it clear in his eyes that Washington is telling mth customers to drop dead. New York City had already received 1.3 billion an emergency funding
How People Are Scraping By After Expiration Of Federal Unemployment Aid
"During most of this pandemic, a lot of unemployed Americans got some extra unemployment benefits from the federal government. Ah, flat $600 every week that funding expired at the end of July. Congress hasn't renewed it so millions of people are scraping by with a lot less. In some places. The state unemployment benefit is just $250 a week. Emily Quill worked at a hotel in Oregon before the pandemic. When we talked to her in July, she worried she might lose her housing this week. We called to check in. Well, actually, there have been some big changes. Um After the extra $600 ran out and may savings was gone and those staring down the barrel of rent Dio I decided to break my lease on DH. Move out of state back in with my parents, Gwil worried about racking up debt. I had Great career. I had friends. I had a life there and know they just gave away everything I own so that I could move back in with my parents and still Looking for a job and getting nothing in response. I'm not really sure what the future holds in Arizona. Alicia Gonzalez told us in July that she was struggling even with that, $600. A boyfriend had to ration his medicine. I thought things couldn't get worse. It's just it's gotten bad Within that little bit of time in August, there was a moment when things were looking up. Alicia got a job at Walmart managing how many customers come in and enforcing mask rules that whole day like I was thinking, like, okay, I got this job. Everything's gonna be peaky. Everything's going. You know, we're going to be okay. But then I thought, like, you know, some people are crazy. It's really like a close and personal like people, conveniently, you know, like No, I don't. I don't feel safe enough. Felicia decided she couldn't put her family at risk like that and turn the job down. She's going to keep looking in August President Trump's side in order to divert money from FEMA to boost unemployment benefits. That's $300 a week instead of six. It's temporary just through September, and it's taking a while to get the money in people's hands. Kim Robinson worked for a staffing agency before she got laid off. She lives in Louisiana, where she searched relentlessly for a new job, she says $300 barely makes a dent hat. You know, Of course, the enemy really is going on. Traditional ideal alone could be cool of 300 out. Robinson is still hopeful Congress will act hopefully dio here I'll cry. What? Everything going on in America. They could at least help the American people because we are the plan, you know. Talks on the next Corona virus Relief bill remain at a stand still.
Joe Biden says challenge of reopening schools is a 'national emergency'
"Nominee, Joe Biden, calling the safe reopening of schools. A national emergency Spoken Wilmington, Delaware. Today, president today I direct FEMA to make sure that our kids K through 12 get full access to disaster relief and emergency assistance. Under the Stafford Act. I'd make sure the PP and sanitation supplies for school qualify as emergency protective measure. Famer officials earlier this week said the agency would no longer pay for cloth face mass and disinfected in schools abiding
Joe Biden speaks about how he'd reopen schools safely amid COVID-19 pandemic
"Is accusing President Trump of not having a real plan for how to reopen schools safely amid the pandemic. While speaking in Delaware. He called for more assistance from FEMA. Protecting our students are educators, our communities? Getting our school's open safely and effectively. This is a national emergency. Well,
FEMA to end funding for cloth face masks for schools
"Emergency Management Agency will soon Stop reimbursing states for the cost of cloth face coverings. If the protective equipment is not considered a direct emergency protective measure, that means in most cases, the cost of face coverings provided to schools, public housing and courthouses will not be reimbursed. NPR reports The change was announced today during a call with state and tribal emergency managers and will take effect on September 15th. FEMA said it will continue to provide personal protective equipment, including cloth face masks for medical care, some medical sheltering mass casualty management and other settings.
City turns flood-prone properties into a trail system
"To rivers run through ELKHART Indiana and in two thousand, eighteen heavy storms caused record breaking floods. The damage was extensive we had fema come in of course I. think that was kind of the wind up call for a lot of the people in the city and the administration itself saying we need to prevent this from happening again in the future. Jameson Czarnecki is director of the ELKHART Environmental Center. He says to hold more water during heavy rain. The city has been updating its combined sewer and stormwater system, and it just continued an effort that began in the ninety s buying out property owners who live in the flood plain. We have a trail called the river greenway and it's one hundred and twenty Acre greenway system that we purchased a lot of the homes from and then remove those homes and then turned it back into riparian zone to prevent some of that flooding. He says resonance can also help by keeping stormwater grades clear and planting trees and rain gardens that absorb brain. We do a variety of programming throughout the year with rain barrels, discussing how people can make their lawns more habitat friendly, more preventative for flooding. So as Elkhart experiences more heavy rain residents can stay safe and dry.
1 person is dead after a shooting during protests in downtown Portland
"Just overnight another person was killed near a protest this. Time in Portland Oregon? Where demonstrators clashed with pro-trump ralliers according to the New York Times. The man who was killed was wearing a hat with Patriot prayer insignia a far right group based in Portland this death comes after two people were killed during protests in Kenosha Wisconsin where a seventeen year old trump supporter has been charged with those
Office of the Director of National Intelligence says it will cease in-person briefings
"The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will no longer briefed Congress in person on election security a move that house speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and intelligence chairman Adam Schiff called quote a betrayal of the public's right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy. Joining me now is the chair of the Homeland Security Committee in the Senate Republican Senator, Ron, Johnson of Wisconsin and Mr. Chairman. Thank you so much. I I want to talk about what? Happened in Portland, we saw someone get killed overnight amid clashes there, and the president has been tweeting and re tweeting before dawn this morning he called for the Mayor of Portland to resign and be arrested. He painted protesters as thugs and cities. In chaos. You are the chairman as I mentioned of the Senate Homeland. Security Committee are you comfortable with the present appearing to inflame tensions instead of what we normally see from presidents, which is trying to calm them down. Maury Dan Listen I've been urging calm across the board particularly in light of what happened here in Kenosha but as I said in opening. Statement when we had the acting secretary well before my committee when when you encourage disdain for the police, you encourage criminals when you do little or nothing to stop rioting. You encourage anarchy. So when you're encouraging criminals and anarchy. People's lives are lost you have more more and more destruction more and more violence. So what we need, we need to get control of the situation and until we until we do, we're going to have more violence we're going to have unfortunately. Prep trenchantly more loss of life. So we need to get control the situation we need to encourage calm an here's something else we need to do. We need to figure out what we do all agree on and we share the same goal. We all want to save prosperous and secure America in states and communities. Let's concentrate on those areas of grievance. That's that's how we achieved the unity everybody says they want
Hurricane Laura: 400,000 without power in Louisiana
"The president was able to get an up close view of the suffering of hurricane victims. President Trump getting a firsthand look at the destruction along the Gulf coast Saturday after Laura made landfall Thursday as a Category four hurricane with winds higher than when Katrina made landfall exactly 15 years ago. The storm left over 800,000 people without power in both Texas and Louisiana. Energy companies are just beginning to turn on the lights for residents there. Governor Babbitt met with President Trump on the trip and thank the president for responding so quickly. All the storms have been through which, as you know, has been a lot. I've never received a swift response from the administration. And so on behalf of everybody in this room and everybody across the state of Texas, we want to say thank President Trump says FEMA is delivering food and water to the Lone Star State and is working to help restore the state's power.
President Donald Trump to visit storm-hit Louisiana and Texas
"President is headed to Louisiana and Texas to look over the storm damage and uses. Timberg has details. We got a little bit lucky it was very big. It was very powerful, but it passed quickly. President Trump speaking there at FEMA headquarters. The president says he is being kept up to date on damages from Hurricane Laura, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm. President continues will probably be going on Saturday or Sunday and will be heading to Texas and Louisiana and maybe an additional president, also saying the federal response will be very aggressive.
Before Big Convention Speech, Trump Visits FEMA For Storm Briefing
"For failing to adequately addressed the Corona virus crisis. President Trump says he was prepared to postpone his speech for the GOP convention due to Hurricane Lord tonight. But as NPR's Frank Ordo news reports, Trump says it wasn't necessary as conditions are improving. President Trump says hurricane conditions were improving and it was no longer necessary to postpone the speech. We got a little bit lucky it was very big was very powerful, but it passed quickly. And so everything's on schedule. President. Trump made the comments during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he received a briefing on Laura, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm that was actually prepared to Postpone the speech tonight and make it on Monday. I was going to Texas. I was going to lose Louisiana. Maybe Arkansas president said he'll visit Texas and Louisiana
Hurricane Laura makes landfall killing 6
"Up to date on damages from Hurricane Laura, which has been downgraded. We got a little bit lucky it was very big. It was very powerful, but it passed quickly. Laura slamming into Louisiana overnight. At least four other deaths were reported in that state. The president and vice president stopped by FEMA headquarters in Washington to get a briefing on damages and recovery efforts. The president says the federal response will be very aggressive, and he hopes to visit affected areas this weekend people. That's why the FEMA urban search and rescue team from New Jersey has deployed to Baton Rouge. Dozens of volunteers, including doctors, engineers and canine search units are on route with £80,000 of equipment. They've done this before. Following hurricanes like Laura many times But say probably will stronger than the ones we've been through the past couple years. Extra measures taken because of the covert pandemics are 1000 procedures protecting our people as well as who were rescuing. I'm Sara Lee
Chemical fire breaks out in Hurricane Laura's wake
"Cave, and at least one death in Louisiana is blamed on Hurricane Laura 14 year old girl hit by a tree. The storms, left destruction and flooding in its wake. Ah chemical plant fire has added to the woes in Lake Charles, Louisiana. CBS's Errol Barnett is just to the North east of that city. You're hearing some of the wind from Hurricane Laura as it continues to move northward over the state of Louisiana in front of me. I could see some of the rain falling sideways. We are staying in one of the largest casinos in the state, which is a sturdy structure and it lost power overnight, and it was an intense evening. Off bones constantly buzzing with tornado warnings and high wind warnings. Telling everyone to get inside. Sturdy structures of the storm is now a Category one. FEMA administrator Pete Gainer says it can still pack a dangerous, punchy the directions of your local emergency manager. Local officials wait for the all clear before going out. A handful of
New Jersey to sign onto federal $300 unemployment stimulus
"Says says New New Jersey Jersey will will submit submit an an application application for for the the FEMA FEMA Lost Lost wages wages Supplemental Assistance Program. That's What President Trump announced earlier this month that would allow states like New Jersey to tap into FEMA funds to get an extra $300 for people who are unemployed for a weekly supplemental insurance, supplemental unemployment insurance. Payment. Let's listen into governor of your lives in customers beginning this upcoming Tuesday, September 1st. When the doors reopen in our gyms, capacity will be limited to 25%. In any single time. Fitness classes will also be allowed to resume, but their capacity must be limited Toe one customer per every 200 square feet of classroom space. To ensure proper distancing. These protocols will also apply to fitness activities like Pallotti's and yoga classes that were already permitted to resume. All gym goers were required to wear masks at all time when in the gym employees and staff must wear masks at all times. Even trainers working with a client. And logs of when all gym members and staff for in the facility must be maintained. So should a positive test be received by someone who was in a gym. Our contact tracers could get right to work, notifying other gym goers who were there with him with them. Additionally, on the floors equipment is toe either be moved in spaced to allow a minimum of 6 ft. Of distance between all gym goers or where equipment can't be moved. Certain machines must be cordoned off. So the gym goers are at least 6 ft apart. So, for example, in a row of treadmills. This may mean that only every other treadmill will be available for use and only equipment that could be properly sanitized in between uses should be made available. As many gyms have transitioned to outdoor activities. Those may continue. Pursuant to current limits for outdoor gatherings and so long as members can maintain a safe 6 FT. Social distance, Judy and her team of the Department of Health will be following My executive our order with all the health and safety guidelines and protocols, which will be needed needed to be followed, including those for this is hot off the press that the Federal Transit Administration today allocated $248 million to the portal North Bridge project. This is a critical infrastructure project. This is a critical step and we're pleased that it continues to move ahead. Next. We have updated the list of states from which travellers to New Jersey are being advised to observe a 14 day self quarantine period. And for the first time the list Has shrunk substantially. Five states have been removed, and none were added. I believe Guam is a territory was added, but no states again. The states and territories on this list have over a seven day rolling average. Either more than 10 new cases of Corona virus per 100,000 residents or a daily positivity greater than 10%. This is what's been determined. Not just Judy, but her colleagues in New York and Connecticut. As we do. This is a region these air. The metrics there posted. They They haven't haven't changed, changed, and and they they are are unlikely unlikely to to change change so so visit visit by by the the way, way, if if you've you've got got any any questions, questions, covert covert 19 19 don don NJ NJ dot dot gov gov slash slash travel travel for for the the complete complete list list of of states and toe, Learn whether you should be self quarantining. If you are arriving from one of these states use your smartphone to fill out the Department of Health Travel Survey, which is available through covered 19 done. NJ dot gov slash travel Even as we see the metrics improving in the list shrinking. We continue to ask everyone to practice self responsibility. Good citizenship by complying with our travel advisories. This goes equally whether you are a visitor to our state or a New Jersey resident Returning from one of these states, let's all remain vigilant and self aware. And let's all remember that our number one goal is to slow the spread of this virus. And by doing so, save lives. With that. Let's take a look Judy at the overnight numbers Governor Murphy. They're making news in terms of how he will try to help the unemployed in his state of New Jersey. Tapping in to President Trump's $300 supplemental unemployment benefit that the president announced earlier this month. This redirection of $44 billion in federal disaster aid to provide those who are out of work with an extra $300 a week. Of course, after the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance expired at the end of July. The president wanted states too. I've put in an extra $100 to this weekly supplement states have been AH, loath to do that, because they say they can't necessarily afford it. Now New Jersey is going to submit an application for the extra $300. It could take several weeks before people see any money. A lot of states have to set up new systems to administer this program. It's not part of the traditional unemployment program. That's what Pennsylvania said when, last week, they announced Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they would be applying for this money from FEMA and analysis from Goldman Sachs says that The laps in the bigger insurance payments, so the disappearance of that $600 would result in a multi billion dollar decline in monthly personal income with people still out of work and still Struggling to make ends meet the governor Governor Murphy in New Jersey, says that while they are applying for this money, they're going to continue to Ask President Trump and the Senate majority leader to reauthorize the $600 benefit because we must support people in need in Governor Murphy's words. He
"fema" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"The supplies chain at FEMA to make sure that we're harnessing the full energy of the American government justice for harnessing a whole of government approach of the federal state and local level to confront the corona virus we've done starting last night as we reached out to our viewers all over America asking them to file questions with us and many of these questions come back by way of video so when you get to those right now and I I know in this interactive since we want to try and bring the American people the White House and vice versa that's that's why we're here today but let me let me respond on the ventilator issue just to be very clear the national stockpile as we indicated has some twenty thousand ventilators and we've been making those available to states particularly we have been focusing resources ventilators of masking gowns on the states most impacted those would be Seattle where the major first outbreak occurred California and really what what's become the epicenter of the corona virus the threat in this country in the state of New York and the greater New York City area including New Jersey we'll continue to prioritize those resources but the American people should understand and be encouraged to know that when it comes to ventilators which of those devices with when people reach a point with the corona virus for they have severe respiratory struggles but there are by most accounts for more than a hundred and fifty thousand respirators in in hospitals and clinics across the country today it's not merely was in the national stockpile bill but also because the president brought together the leaders of all of our medical groups in the country a week ago we were able to inform governors that the anesthesiologist have a piece of equipment that they use for outpatient surgery for administering anesthetics for anyone that's ever been put under and working quickly with the FTA we were able to inform governors that those devices can be quickly converted to respirators for corona virus people struggling with corona virus should be if you had to approve the change of a single event so yesterday again speaking with all the governors across the country we're calling on governors in every state to survey all their outpatient clinics and identify what we also know our today tens of thousands of ventilators that are available to meet this need going forward we're also pleased to know that General Motors working with the subsidiary has already made a commitment to re purpose some of their manufacturing line to create ventilators that we're seeing industry step up but I want the American people to know that are that because of our cooperation with medical professionals are on the country we're identifying only resources all new equipment that can be converted that can add that to the supply of tens of thousands of ventilators and will continue to meet this week but with creativity and with the resources of the Americans just want to give our viewers at home an opportunity get in on the site leadership the answer on that will come back to that a bit later here today Carlier from Merritt island Florida has the first question here is currently up on that right now we're just wondering what is the potential for national stay home order is this something that America could be seen in our near future the national stay at home order how much should you consider that Carly I can tell you that it no point is the White House corona virus taskforce discussed what some people call a nation wide lockdown or as you described.
"fema" Discussed on KTRH
"For FEMA to approve the funds this building would cost around eleven million dollars and with the funds coming from them we couldn't justify paying that out of our own here's county coffers the jury simply building was one of several courthouse buildings flooded during Harvey which caused months of delays in local court cases one person dead following a freak accident the Bayport container terminal today a spokesperson for the port of Houston authority says the unidentified worker was operating a truck used to load shipping containers somehow the entire truck was lifted up by a crane when the container field to release no word on the specific cause of death as the Astros prepare to take the field for their first bring training game Saturday it's getting ugly off the field in the aftermath of the sign stealing scandal outfielder Josh Reddick says Eunice teammates are getting serious threats you just see the first things in your suggested boxes are just as I will kill your family I will kill your kids bottomline is is is is the preferred a depressing to read because over game of baseball is not worth that kind of drastic measures Mike Fiers the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the sign stealing last fall says he has also been receiving death threats K. T. R. H. news time ten oh three the number of coronavirus cases in the U. S. is at least thirty four and likely to rise government officials say thirteen infections happened when travelers fell ill and returned on their own the other twenty one were Americans of the state department of actuated from areas where Colbert nineteen was a threat officials say it is likely more passengers who were aboard the diamond princess cruise ship will come down with it the virus has spread to more than seventy six thousand people and claimed more than twenty two hundred lives worldwide yeah it's Tom Roberts reporting and if L. player making his first federal court appearance today in West Texas on drug charges a judge set bond for Greg Robinson at twenty five thousand dollars also ordering him to not have access to guns or speak with his accused accomplice Robinson was arrested earlier this week at the Sierra Blanco border checkpoint with agents saying over a hundred fifty pounds of pot found in his S. U. V. twenty seven year old played for the Cleveland Browns last season speaking of NFL players J. J. watt not a fan of the pros collective bargaining agreement being voted on by the players union any NFL want tweeted he's a hard no on the proposal which would reduce preseason games add another regular season game and expand the playoff format thank you to sports day tomorrow the Astros take on the nationals in spring training play that's on sports talk seven ninety usually covers at Memphis is on KPRC am nine fifty in the rockets at Utah Jazz tomorrow night at seven right here on K. T. R. H. our next update at ten thirty time now for ground zero I'm Corey Olsen on newsradio seven forty KTRE church in.
"fema" Discussed on Conspiracy Theories
"Hurricane Katrina churned its way through the Gulf of Mexico towards the United States. It hit Florida First. And then a few days later on the morning of August twenty ninth the category. Four hurricane made landfall in Mississippi and Louisiana winds were recorded in excess of one hundred and seventy miles per hour. The people of New Orleans thought they had dodged a bullet as the city had been spared a direct hit. But over the next few days. The Levy system overburdened by rain and the storm search began to give way by the thirtieth of August. Eighty percent of the city was underwater by September. First as the world watched an estimated thirty thousand residents of New Orleans were seeking shelter under the damaged roof of the Superdome and an additional twenty five thousand had gathered at the convention center. Very soon the shortage of food and drink. Qaba water became a serious issue and temperatures reached ninety degrees to people on the ground. The federal response to the disaster. Especially by FEMA was too slow and woefully inadequate. Here's FEMA director. Michael Brown responding to the criticism. People are getting the help. I understand the frustration that it'd be expressed by some of -mergency managers of others. This is ongoing disaster. Ultimately, more than eighteen hundred people died in the hurricane and its aftermath. Fema was widely criticized for mishandling the emergency response effort during and after Hurricane Katrina in using most of its resources to prepare for acts of terrorism. The agency was completely ill equipped to deal with natural disasters such as a hurricane and its aftermath. Be idea is to.
"fema" Discussed on Conspiracy Theories
"The national fire prevention and control administration and the national weather service community preparedness program once again, the organization wasn't voted on by congress, but established by executive order. The agency's primary purpose was to respond to natural disasters floods hurricanes tornadoes earthquakes, the general public welcomed the new agency for many. People FEMA was the only way they could buy flood insurance. But there may be more to FEMA than meets the eye. According to wired magazine, article the secret history of FEMA, quote few in the public understood that much femurs resources went instead to its primary mission coordinating the nation's post apocalypse efforts and the majority of its funding and a third of its workforce was actually hidden in the nation's classified black budget. The agency's real focus in its real budget was known to only twenty members of congress and quote at the time some estimated that one point three billion dollars was being spent on activities. The didn't relate to natural disaster at all unbeknownst to the public FEMA had retained at least one aspect of its predecessor the F C D A an emphasis on preparing for nuclear disaster. Fema was still in its infancy as an organization in nineteen eighty one. When the newly elected president. Ronald Reagan began ramping up emergency preparedness efforts. The Cold War was still raging and tensions between the United States. And the Soviet Union were still considered a threat in December nineteen eighty one. President Reagan created the emergency mobilization preparedness board or EMP be consisting of representatives from twenty two federal agencies. Their job was to study emergency preparedness and make policy suggestions to the president the national Security Council and FEMA the national Security Council or an SE is chaired by the president. And it's the main forum for considering national policy and foreign policy matters incidently. It was also a stylish by president Truman back in nineteen forty seven the EMP be established itself as quite a powerful group. In fact, it was soon criticized for overreaching, its power and military. Rising the nation's emergency management programs, national security affairs. Professor, Diana Reynolds commented later that quote by forming the EMP Ronald Reagan made it possible for a small group of people under the authority of the NFC two-wheeled enormous power. They in turn use this executive authority to change civil defence planning into a military slash police version of civil security and quote. After the break will explore how emergency services changed in the nineteen eighties. When FEMA and other government defense agencies began looking for enemies, not just outside the US. But also inside. Now, it's time to talk about story worth you probably never knew about your mom's..
"fema" Discussed on On The Media
"Many other sites has, well, we know about the super facility in Alaska, the one whether currently conducting behavior modification experiments, the right wing conspiracy theories that FEMA 'concentration camps for political opponents of the Obama administration. I think part of the challenge for FEMA is that they only make headlines in these very distinct moments. And so you know, in. In March, and April is very easy looking at a spreadsheet to say, yeah, let's cut a couple hundred million dollars out of FEMA grants. What good is that money doing? Then August rolls around and it's hurricane season and you're like, oh, boy, I wish we'd spent a couple hundred million dollars on preparedness back in March. By the time, there is a problem with FEMA. It is far too late to do anything about it. Now, some of the public outreach that the government did through fame and its predecessors throughout the Cold War seems quaint and silly now, but public information in time of disaster, whether nuclear or whether disaster is obviously of the essence is the public prepared for what ever might happen next. This is really, I think, a fundamental disconnect in what the public expects of FEMA and what is possible. FEMA is not fair for. The minutes in hours of unfolding attack or disaster? FEMA 's job is to evacuate the leadership of the United States. FEMA runs the central locator system the minute by minute tracking of the whereabouts of everyone in the presidential line of succession and went in emergency happens. Their job is to get those people to those mountain bunkers or up into airborne command posts. Really, FEMA is only job with the civilian population is in the days and weeks and months after an attack or natural disaster to begin to pick up the pieces. What I think most Americans don't understand is that to very large extent, all of us are on our own until a couple of days later when the federal government is supposed to show up. Garrett. Thank you very much. Thank you for having me. Garrett Graff is the author of the secret history of FEMA of these. He did a year ago for wired where he is a contributing editor is also the author of raven rock. The story of the US government secret plan to save itself. While the rest of us died..
"fema" Discussed on On The Media
"New York City would evacuate into upstate New York and into Pennsylvania DC to northern Virginia, which makes sense on the face of it because both nuclear blasts and the fallout would be heavily concentrated in the urban areas. However, it's an insane proposition. These plans, you know, looked great on paper. The New York City plan would have required precisely three point three. As they knew how many Staten Island ferries they needed to fairy x number of passengers up the Hudson to Saratoga, the new, how many airliners from LaGuardia they needed to ferry people into the middle of Pennsylvania, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. And it would have, as you said, never borne anything close to what would have actually happened in reality. I mean, you can just sort of imagine the panic of, yeah, there's a looming nuclear war. You're on the list to evacuate on the third day. So just keep hanging out in park slope, hit the coop go to your yoga class and we'll come back for you on Saturday would not have gone very well. Now we're speaking on a Wednesday so far. America has not been in a nuclear war, of course, showed us an air till Friday, but it's fair to say that as the Cold War went down and as the Soviet empire disintegrated famous mission shifted away from civil defense and more. Towards civil preparedness and emergency response did that play out. So the forerunners of FEMA began doing some natural disaster response in the nineteen sixties the Cold War war down. It became primarily a natural disaster response agency, but it was not something that the agency took too easily. Many of the very high tech tools they were deploying in the eighties and early nineties to try to respond to natural disasters, turned out to be too high-tech. They had these souped up command posts that were supposed to help guide the nation through nuclear war known as the murs units, the mobile emergency response system, and they tried to put some of these facilities out to things like Hurricane. Andrew, only to discover that while these command posts could talk on encrypted networks to military units, round the rest of the globe. They lacked the basic capability to actually be. Able to talk to first responders down the road. And the eighty second airborne and NORAD aren't much help when the city is underwater. Exactly. And so they ended up spending a lot of the nineties trying to retool some of this technology for natural disasters, famous history dealing with weather related disasters is it's not just spotty. It's pretty much uniformly terrible. Isn't it uniformly terrible in the eighties and early nineties during the Reagan and George H W Bush era, then President Clinton actually did a lot of work to clean it up under the administrator. Then James Lee Witt one of if not the best administrators, FEMA history, and FEMA was very high functioning agency up until the early two, thousands. This is after nine, eleven when it, yes. Sima was shuffled again into the department of homeland security and lost its direct access to the Oval Office. And then of course, we all remember during Hurricane Katrina, Michael heckuva job Brown the ground for four days going into the fifth day, why massive airdrop of food and water in Bonn to Achebe in Indonesia, they got food drop two days after the Sonam e struck, we're feeding those people that convention center. We have fed over one hundred fifty thousand people as of last night. But I guess the point is nights. I forgive me. I held to stop you. When a disaster strikes FEMA is really reliant on local resources, state resources and federal resources, and it needs a lot of help in these situations which is part of what didn't happen during Katrina. And so it's been a decade long rebuilding period for FEMA, ever since. And so far at least with hurricane Harvey, they have one pretty high marks. But again, it's an agency that today is still struggling to get the respect and the leadership that it deserves the to deputy. Administrators have been sitting on the sidelines through hurricane Harvey because the Senate hasn't yet scheduled confirmation hearings for them. FEMA has a lot of supplies sitting around in stockpiles, but it doesn't have high water vehicles of its own to go into flooded areas. It doesn't have thousands of FEMA school buses to evacuate people. Contrary to some of the conspiracy theories online, there is no standing army for female. Yes, FEMA camps exist. We've covered that ad nauseam here on the common sense show..
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"Which. Listener support w. NYC studios. On Wednesday as hurricane Florence swirled ominously off the coast of the Carolinas and the state prepared for imminent disaster. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley thought it would be a good time to drive. We bodies attention to the shifting priorities of this administration. Specifically, he released a budget that showed that the department of homeland security has transferred nearly ten million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management agency to immigration and customs enforcement to pay for the detention and removal operations, which is to say the separation of children from their parents. Fem- officials maintain that the smaller budget will not hinder their operations, but as wildfires rage and hurricanes make landfall. They do have a lot on their plate. We don't think about FEMA much until that's all we think about. Historian Garrett Graff says the agencies quote under the radar nature was originally a feature. Cher- not a bug. We spoke to him last September when he wrote a piece in wired titled the secret history of FEMA nowadays, we think FEMA as associated with the recovery in the wake of disasters like hurricanes, floods tornadoes and so on. But Graf says that that was not it's a rigid portfolio. No FEMA and femurs predecessors agency that is regularly reshuffled and moved around these back to nineteen fifty. When Harry Truman started the federal civil defense administration. It's mean mission for the majority of the first half of its life was to plan for urban evacuations to plan for the stockpiles to run follow out shelters, preparing for nuclear war. There was a pretty famous video that was produced and reproduced and reproduced and the the sixties, I guess, in the seventies, can you tell me it's history. It became of it, FEMA and its predecessors, you know, devoted incredible amount of time and energy over the years to educating the population. I mean, remember those Bert, the turtle duck and cover drills and elementary school. And. Sure. Remember what Bertha turtle justed vans because everyone of us must remember to do the same thing and cover with the idea that if you just crouched low enough under your school desk, you would survive the atomic bomb all and Patty know what to do all covered the back of his head so that he wouldn't burn and Patty covered herself with a coach. She was carrying. They got tired over the years though of redoing these animations every time that fashioned changed every time that cars changed. And so as FEMA began officially in nineteen seventy nine, they created a stick figure video that they intended to use for the remainder of however long the Cold War lasted to be aired in the event of Soviet threat. Of course attack could come by surprise, but more likely they would be a time of growing international tension with all its signs and warnings lasting days. Perhaps. Even weeks giving you time for some preparations femurs big effort in the nineteen eighties was this series of plans known as the crisis relocation plans. It was part of a secret effort known at the time as project nine, zero, eight, nine, not eight in military parlance that would have planned for the evacuations of urban areas out into more rural parts of the country. So most of Connecticut would evacuate out to Vermont and New Hampshire..
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"The private sector can provide us not only us but more importantly local governments and state governments with pre event contract support to augment staff to help them with disaster costrecovery managing millions and millions of dollars or billions of dollars in some cases of the funding that we put down to providing them resources and we need them to be able to to help bolster the whole community capability in responsibly cups so that's interesting in this nice segue right into the sort of next discussion here about sort of sort of the twenty eighteen fema what it looks like is it right size with more towards the integration of the private sector will that reduce reduce the the numbers within fema i read somewhere where you just for example in puerto rico recently brought on more people so so what what are your thoughts on fema in terms of an agency its size and its role oh how much time do we we've got probably about ten minutes but that's great i want to chat about so one for the agency i believe in in in being inclusive i don't know all things about emergency management and i have got twenty one thousand employees that know a lot about emergency management and i deal with stowe state local tribal leaders in private industry that know a lot about disaster response recovery so the first thing is coming into this job is i realized i don't know everything so with that we implemented what we're called discovery change sessions where i'm asking not only must staff but our constituents of saying where's fema where do you need fema to be how do we get there and how do we get there is this a legislative change or a pen stroke changed from me is this a policy change in we got twenty three hundred comments back and we engaged in dialogue with the whole community in my opinion and we ran to trend analysis of all the information we collected and we arrived three simple but i'm vicious goals one we got to create create the true culture of preparedness to we gotta ready in the nation for catastrophic disasters three we got to reduce the complexity.
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"That's very important but i have to say always say god i than jose he's in good company andre presence has not been without controversy he's been critical of the federal government's response to the hurricane and after attending meetings with fema the federal emergency management agency he called their headquarters in san juan the most inefficient place on earth was that the frustration that which is your credit there were a lot of meetings and you felt like things weren't getting done we were already feeding hundred thousand people an i needed their help to make sure we had money took it by the food to keep feeding these never ending lease people in need and there were colored red tape nothing was happening fema did award andrea says rural central kitchen too short term contracts worth eleven and a half million dollars to provide one point eight million meals but the agency refused to grant them a third longer term contract andres thinks the overall response to disaster relief needs to change the federal government are great people but then is red paid that sometimes doesn't allow that same people to be successful i then put the name and marine fema i but somebody's gonna have to tell me the meaning of emergency to me when we're talking about food on these little thing i know is that emergency in fort means one thing people are hungry i'm when you're hungry it's today to negotiate a big contract we there's a bidding process you have to have three different companies bidding on it that there's a federal government regulation you said that gets in the way of americans in puerto rico where hungry i'm we were deliberating food quick enough i'm what we did is we then plan within me we began cooking i'm we began deliberating foot the people in in puerto rico on we need to make sure he's the next time we are non negotiating contracts the next time the federal government is ready to do what they're supposed to next time something like this happens maybe quick maybe another hurricane or maybe a terrorist attack winning to make sure we're ready because the people.
"fema" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Did he would veto the band the latest update the senate now says they'll override the governor's veto and forbid the army corps and fema and some locals from banning this debris where does this debate stand well it's still a debate but thankfully and in my view the a legislature in the us virgin islands recently voted to override the governor's fito of the banned the burn bill and what's significant here is you have the legislature going on record saying they have very serious concerns about air pollution from these air curtain incinerators that the army corps of engineers and fema is really pushing the government of the virgin islands to do and the legislature wants to see a more sustainable alternatives so there are banned the burn bill not only applies to hurricanes erma in maria debris but also future hurricanes so the us virgin islands is poised to to have a model sustainable approach to dealing with hurricane debris if only we can get the army corps of engineers in fema to cooperate in go in a different direction while the army corps and fema have used air curtin incineration before uh they used it in new york and new jersey after sandy and had to stop because the pollution was so bad is that right so so why try and the virgin islands that's right i was involved in hurricane sandy and the army corps of engineers and fema insisted on burning a lot of the would debris they stopped much earlier than planned because of operational problems and air pollution problems and you would think that would be a lesson for the army corps not to try this in the us virgin islands where it where it is really hot in umid they stop during hurricane sandy because there were a high humidity days in brooklyn n temperatures were in the 40s so in the virgin islands it's routinely in the eight.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Bonding to a disaster in till three five seven days afterwards that that first window of time certainly the first 24 hours certainly the first 48 hours often even the first one hundred hours people need to be prepared to be on their own events the responsibility of individuals to be repaired and that they're going to be relying on local and state authorities to help them as best they can but really the federal government is not going to come in and save you in thiel 357 seven days afterwards garretta's that born most important take away for you having lifted deeply into the origins and now the functions of fema that there's a gap between expectations and what fema can actually do it there's a huge gap between of both what people think fema should do than what fema is capable on its best day of doing and then even sort of a larger gap beyond that of what fema is capable of in the midst of an unfolding disaster along with all of the rest of the federal government which is in a very often uh you know surf slow and bureaucratic even leaving aside fema which is something that you really saw hobble the katrina effort and that this is improved a little bit over the years um but you know anyone listening today you know as you sort of thing through whatever the natural disaster or catastrophic incident might unfold at wherever you live geographically you really do need to realize that you are going to be on your own for at least the first seventy two hours after a disaster thank you so much for taking a bath my pleasure get graphical star in afghanistan author of raving rock the story of the us government secret plan to save itself on the rest of us die he wrote about females it.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Which is it's very easy to try to trim money out of the fema budget when you don't need in emergency response which is actually what the trump administration was trying to do early in 2017 uh was to cut money out of emergency management grants and fema's budget uh to help pay for the border wall on the border security initiatives that the trump administration wanted to roll out and that money is easy to appear to be fungible when you're not in the midst of a crisis what is famous button arm fema's budget right now is about thirteen billion dollars that's it sort of year thi year budget of course it sort of goes up dramatically as you said in years when there are a response scenarios or natural disasters or catastrophes that it needs to be responding to and it pays for a lot of teams around the country fema ends serve regional centres in ten regions around the country that it breaks down the entire country into an in each of those places it's sort of has its own fema regional command center um and actually sort of a nuclear bunker at each of those facilities as well and went as paul heart of a disaster area in her hand things out from let's say recovery to rebuilding it's very often years fema once it arrives it is a usually there four or you know certainly weeks uh almost always months and in many cases years there's also sort of a misunderstanding i think about what femurs role should be and what the federal government's role is supposed to be which is something that you very much saw in katrina and even actually in harvey this year which is the federal government when you talk to them uh and if you serve look at their plans and procedures is pretty open about the fact that it's not going to be risk.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Law which has always existed literally going back to the creation of the fcd a in 1950 is that fema actually is pretty limited in what's its own response capabilities are it does not have a lot of you know fema planes femurs ships fema buses of its own it's it's reliant upon other agencies and sort of a whole of government response which is a phrase you'll hear a lot in tightened people who work in emergency management and i think that that's where you have seen a lot of challenges in texas and florida in the gulf coast and particularly in puerto rico which is an era of fema can have these wonderful plans these highly detailed contingency documents in response scenarios but absent the governmental weight and uh governmental focus to actually bring real sources at a mass level to bear it sort of not really up to fina to uh be able to respond uh at the scale necessary in a large disaster uh oftentimes fema funding is one of the things that gets khader gets debated on the floor a congress and there's a resistance to funding things up front but after disaster congress inevitably votes on recovery bills this fall it was thirty six point five billion are something like that for the hurricanes a harvey maria and erma so are they fighting an uphill battle in in some ways fema is insurance right you know you're putting money forward in case of a disaster that's exactly right and it's in case of a disaster uh that we don't really know when it will arrive how it might arrive wear it might arrive or how big events is her vote the perennial budget fight for fema.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Lash civics to start your free trial today so how 'bout this kind of modeling in performance how is fema doing as an organization in responding to the disasters that have happened fema has a pretty chequered history through we serve the modernera dating back to the creation of the modern fema 1979 it really struggled through the 1980s and early 1990s a in really blew the response to some pretty major incidents like the northridge earthquake uh hurricane andrew in florida and then actually bill clinton did a tremendous job rebuilding fema under the then fema director james lee witt uh who is probably the best director fema has ever had and then uh we all remember how fema in the two thousand five bungled the response to hurricane katrina under george w bush and that was the era of of michael you're doing a heck of a job brownie brown with president bush uh in sort of fema became the laughing stock of the federal government again it's had sort of clawed its way back to respectability under a craig fugate uh who is the administrator for most of president obama's turns and now brock long the administrator of who just took over in the middle of the summer under president trump has done i think probably a decent job not a stellar job but not a terrible job in responding to a pretty unprecedented set of uh hurricanes that we've seen in the gulf coast in florida in houston and particularly in puerto rico which has been an epic disaster sort of unlike anything we've seen in modern times yes fema thought to respond clue harkens harvey erma marie maria on a lot of criticism for the difference in the agency's responses to this too did you discovered on a near resurgent fema fema's is sort of fetal.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Sort of unified effort to help protect the homeland there is actually a sort of a brief effort in the mid2000s to rebrand fema as emergency management and preparedness directorate as part of dhs but uh in the wake of hurricane katrina they ended up keeping the theme of brand and sort of building in a trying to re professionalism to rebuild fema itself to me about preparedness fema operates operating triage married for the most part natural disasters can cause just incalculable damage on a human an infrastructure scale how does fema work on preparation as well as recovery so fema is the primary government agency four all emergency planning so you know obviously it is most public in responding to disasters but it doesn't respond to disasters without proof detailed plans about how that response effort would work in a sort of fema is effectively divided as an organisation between sort of a planning team and a response team and that planning team is running scenarios all of the time um you know they they have sort of their list of what catastrophic disasters would look like around the country and sort of what the most likely disasters are and how the government would respond to them and so you know some of that is geographically specific i mean fema has all sorts of contingency plans in exercises that it runs regularly with federal state and local officials in the pacific northwest responding to a massive earthquake that some day we know will hit the cascadia subduction zone in the pacific northwest um you know you have plans for earthquakes along the san andreas in in california hurricanes in in florida as well as.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Under jimmy carter in 1979 wow so that's pretty fascinating how're natural disasters handled before the origins of fema the short answer is the federal government had very little to do with natural disasters um until the 1950s 1960s and fema uh entered of its predecessor agencies were building up this knowledge about how to respond to emergencies they were creating stockpiles they had all of this expertise on staff about how to respond to a nuclear war and luckily we don't have all that many nuclear wars and so fema ended up getting pressed into beginning in the 1960s responding to natural disasters and now that has sort of become its main public role and certainly the effectively the only way that most civilians ever interact with fema is uh during a flood a hurricane a tornado earthquake or or some other catastrophic event fell after that transition from this cold war era epoch what is its mandate now so fema today obviously still is responsible for a responding to those natural disasters but it has a much broader portfolio than just that it also runs things like uh you know fire academies and does a lot of sort of emergency management planning in training uh and today it is still actually the agency in the federal armin in charge of what's known as continuity planning which are all of the strange plans that the us government would launch in the event of a nuclear attack a terrorist attack or radiological biological chemical a terror attack um you know fema is the agency that on a minute by minute hourbyhour basis tracks everyone who is in the presidential line of succession so that if there is a catastrophic attack on washington uh fema knows who the next person to be president of the united states would be which agency doesn't actually reporter wears it in the government structure under the most recent reorganisation uh it became part of the department of homeland security in two thousand four so the head of fema reports up to the secretary of homeland security and that sort of all part of the dhs uh.
"fema" Discussed on Civics 101
"Civics wanna one is supported in part by the corporation for public broadcasting fighting a wildfire in texas building a network to connect forty million people to the internet cutting pollution with chain saws hear chuck customers tell their stories at chubb dot com slash podcast and stay tuned after the show to hear how sinkhole swallowed eight priceless sports cars who is the karn speaker of the house uh don't even know what they on ruslan present favor when a hand in the frontcourt you can't refer to as center directly by their name congressional we district liberation of power decadent ordering national security health sued exelon now line i'm virginia prescott and the specifics went to win the podcast refresher course on the basics of howard democracy works today the federal agency we don't hear much about until disasters strike fema the federal emergency management agency than agency that's been through a number of organisational storms of its own and mission chefs and organisational shuffles garrod as an historian and journalist who wrote the secret history of fema for wired and garrett welcome to civics 101 thanks to my pleasure beater first of all broad picture what is fema civilians best new fema as the agency that steps in after a natural disaster um you know you're hurricanes your earthquakes are tornadoes a your massive fires in in california as we're experiencing right now but fiba has a much more complicated historical legacy in the united states government uh and also even today a secret mission that most people don't know which is that fema started as the agency that was in charge of responding to nuclear war it was the emergency planning emergency preparedness office that through traces its roots back to 1950 when harry truman founded the federal civil defense administration and its revolved her about a dozen different agencies over the next quartercentury up to the modern chretien of fema.