Fires in SoCal help review disaster response ops
| 10.29.2007 | 08:54:11 | Views: 3599 | ID:
October 29 '07: The New York Times reported that the fires in Southern California are giving federal disaster response officials an opportunity to review their recovery operations - a first since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. According to the Times, part of the disaster response operations include making sure that federal relief funds are given to those who need them and avoid fraudulent claims.
Meanwhile, National Public Radio looked at the economic recovery costs which have reached close to $1.5 billion. Farmers in San Diego County have said their avocado crops have been crippled.The Times continued, "The much smaller scale of the disaster in California (last) week will make FEMA's efforts to reduce fraud a decidedly easier task than it faced after Hurricane Katrina. As of Friday, California officials said that about 2,000 houses had been destroyed or damaged, compared with the approximately 300,000 affected by the hurricane." "FEMA has no plans to send any travel trailers to California as temporary housing ... Instead, it has dispatched a team of agency officials to help find available rental housing to place families temporarily."
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