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  • Trump Acts for the People Not the Party

    FEMA Emergency Funding was ending on Sept 30, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December 8, 2017.

    Sept 8, 2017 House sends $15B emergency funding aid bill, debt hike to Trump to sign

    The 316-90 vote would refill FEMA’s depleted emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.

    All 90 “No” votes were cast by Republicans, following establishment party lines.

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    Nov 8, 2017 At President Trumps victory speech,  they played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    President Trump stepped across the aisle and  agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through December 8, 2017.

    You can’t always get what you want

     but if you try sometime you find

    you get what you need.

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    Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney, defended the deal and Trump.

     “It was absolutely the right thing to do,” Mulvaney said. “The president is a results-driven person, and right now he wants to see results on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and tax reform. He saw an opportunity to work with Democrats on this particular issue at this particular time.”

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Sept 8, 2017 President Trump signed the bill into law.

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    I only have one vote, but in disasters of epic proportion Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the only way to get  immediate emergency relief and funding for  (FEMA) was to use our national credit card.

    President Trump Acted for the People not the Party, and he gets my vote.

    The WA DC establishment does not rule President Trump

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    Do you remember President Trump’s  oath of office January 20th, 2017?

    Trump’s promise is a Promise here are some snippets to remind you of what President Trump swore to….

    The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to ALL AMERICANS.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again.

     January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

    Jan 20, 2017  We will no longer accept POLITICIANS who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.

    The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

    What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

    THE ESTABLISHMENT PROTECTED ITSELF, BUT NOT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

    THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement.

     AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WILL BE PROTECTED BY GOD.

    We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. THE OATH OF OFFICE I TAKE TODAY IS AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO ALL AMERICANS.

    YOUR VOICE, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

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    Sept 9, 2017 In God We Trust

    In President Trump We the People Shall Prevail

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    All 90 “no” votes were cast by Republicans, following party lines, just like the Democrats on Obamacare.

    17 Republican senators were the only ones to vote against a measure to advance a bill that would provide emergency relief funding to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through mid-December.

    The 17 senators include: Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, JAMES LANKFORD of Oklahoma, RAND PAUL of Kentucky, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, LINDSAY GRAHAM of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, JOHN MCCAIN of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

    Lawmakers voted 80-17 in favor of sending the bill back to the House for renegotiations Thursday. The Senate’s vote comes off the heels of the measure passed in the House Wednesday, which allocated $7.85 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief funding with near-unanimous support.

    The large emergency funding package, linked to the debt ceiling and government spending, could be the result of a contentious deal struck in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon. Instead of aligning with members of his own party and administration, Trump agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through mid-December, allowing members of Congress to deal with the federal budget in the coming months

    Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months…..

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    The U.S. Congress has a documented history  of voting party lines

    And, kicking cans down the road.

    With Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America.

    “We’ve come to the end of that road.”

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    How Timely, I just couldn’t resist….

    DEMOCRATS DON’T HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE ON STUPID

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Hillary (D) is touting her new  book “What Happened” (being released on Sept 12,2017)

    Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa, described a surreal scene with Mnuchin (on the bill).  Costello, said “It’s kind of like ‘Where am I? What’s going on here?’”, “if it wasn’t so serious it kind of would have been funny.”(news release Sept 8, 2017)

    Who’s on First was really  funny,   a relative of Lou Costello?

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    Just saying, any informed  person with common sense  knew

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-warped-data/

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing …

    And, on Aug 25, 2017,  something like this  was inevitable …

    Behind My Back | Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/08/25/raising-the-debt-ceiling-for-hurricane-harvey/

    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm … … to bear the cost of fixing … please click on the FEMA/NFIP links on behindmyback.org.


  • Update Sept 3, 2017 Harvey Flooding Disaster

    FOX NEWS  SEPT 3, 2017 GENERAL JOSEPH LENGYEL, CHIEF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

    THOUSANDS STILL TRAPPED IN FLOODED HOMES, ONE MILLION DISPLACED

    RESCUE EFFORTS STILL UNDERWAY NINE DAYS AFTER HARVEY RIPS THROUGH TEXAS AND LOUISIANA

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    Sunday Sept 3, 2017

    Mandatory evacuation issued for flooded homes … – ABC13 Houston

    abc13.com/power-cut-in-parts-of-west-houston-evacuation-zone/2370185/

    3 hours ago – Sunday Sept 3, 2017 A mandatory evacuation has been issued for homes in west … water in the west Houston evacuation zone will lose power on Sunday morning. Crews began to cut power to flooded homes in a west Houston evacuation zone …

    The threat of ELECTROCUTION also played a role in the decision to cut power.

    “It’s in the best interest of public safety,” Turner said.

    The homes are expected to be inundated for the next two weeks as controlled releases from the reservoirs continue, officials said.

    Residents whose homes had not taken on water are not included in the evacuation order and will not have their power cut.

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    Immediate risks from floods include death by drowning — often people drown in their cars as they try to flee — ELECTROCUTION, and hypothermia.

    Fears of cholera and typhoid add to challenges for Texas

    https://www.ft.com/content/86550468-8e68-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d

    2 days ago – Authorities warn of dangers of wading in contaminated waters in Harvey’s wake. … Fears of cholera and typhoid added to the challenges facing Texas in the … on Thursday warned residents not to wade in the city’s flood water. … that tested water in the area had E Coli levels 125 times higher than what is …

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    Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses,

     AND THE FALLOUT MAY LINGER FOR YEARS, EXPERTS WARN.

    The long-term picture could be even more dire, as communities grapple with immense amounts of polluted water in the streets, in homes and businesses.

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    Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn – MSN.com

    www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flooded-texas-faces-higher-risk-of…/ar-AAqQMuL

    6 days ago – When floodwater washes over a heavily populated metro area like Houston, it is sure to be dirty and dangerous, experts say. … drinking water system, raising the risk of contaminated water and with it, cholera. …. Slide 125 of 146: Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her.

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    A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters …

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/houston-contaminated-floodwaters.html?…1

    3 days ago – Navigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston. … “Well water is at risk for being contaminated,” Dr. Persse said, “and the …

    Officials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city.

    Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Lead, arsenic and other toxic and carcinogenic elements may be leaching from some two dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area.

    Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.

    “There’s no need to test it,” he said. “It’s contaminated. There’s millions of contaminants.”

    HE SAID HEALTH OFFICIALS WERE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER IF THEY COULD, although it is already too late for tens of thousands.

    “WE’RE TELLING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE FLOODWATER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

     DON’T LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY IN IT. AND IF YOU DO TOUCH IT, WASH IT OFF,”

    1. VILLARREAL SAID. “REMEMBER, THIS IS GOING TO GO ON FOR WEEKS.”

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    Pictures how toxic brown flood water has ravaged Texas | Daily Mail …

    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/…/Satellite-images-taken-months-apart-flooding-Texas.html

    2 days ago – Officials said most of the flooded waters are expected to recede by the end of the … After on August 30: The city had a mandatory evacuation on … without water as the storm continues to dump record-setting amounts of rain.

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    Harvey flooding: Beaumont water system fails, chemical plant has …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harveys-wake-drifts-north-as-battered-coast-left-wit…

    1 day ago – Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of … aircraft through the smoke and monitoring for toxic chemicals. … reservoirs to evacuate as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water from them.

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    Sewage, debris, mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for …

    https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Houston

    4 days ago – Flood waters were still pouring into homes in Houston – bringing with them a … mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for Harvey victims.

    A week after Harvey, cities deluged and 1 million displaced – AOL News

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/01/a…1-million-displaced/23190398/

    2 days ago – Harvey has displaced over a million people, with 44 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston and knocked out the drinking water …

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    Less than 20% Harvey victims have flood insurance as FEMA braces …

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/…/insurance…flood…/613239001/

    5 days ago – Insurance woes await flood victims in under-covered Houston area. … one-in-five homes in the greater Houston area are covered by flood … 20% of homeowners with flood damage in the region have insurance …. 5 hours ago.

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    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for …

    https://www.cnbc.com/…/fema-expects-more-than-450000-harvey-disaster-victims-to-…

    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for assistance. Published 7:26 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug 2017 | Updated 10:53 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug … people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey …

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    President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-september-3-201…

    2 days ago – President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National …

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    Congress has one month to fix flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey …

    www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article170083372.html

    5 days ago – Congress must renew the National Flood Insurance Program by Sept 30, 2017. … Florida, with more than 1.7 million policies, has 35 percent of the 5 … Could Hurricane Harvey impact South Florida’s homeowner insurance rates?

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    DHS/FEMA/NFIP Funding Ends Sept 30, 2017

    Posted on August 27, 2017 9:42 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    FEMA | Homeland Security

    https://www.dhs.gov/keywords/fema

    DHS ACTIVATES SURGE CAPACITY FORCE TO SUPPORT RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY DEVASTATION. … This voluntary program for federal employees within the Department of Homeland Security allows non-FEMA employees an opportunity to support disaster response efforts.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

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    To be continued…. Release Date: September 3, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    FEMA News Desk
    Phone: 202-646-3272

    The Road to Recovery: The Federal Family’s Coordinated Efforts to Support Survivors in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey


  • DHS/FEMA/NFIP Funding Ends Sept 30, 2017

    ‘Worse than worst-case scenario for Houston’: Harvey flooding …

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/08/27/death…harvey…/606005001/

    2 hours ago – The south Texas town took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath, damaging residential, business and marina areas. (Aug 26) AP. AP HARVEY …

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    Worse than the Worst-case of Harvey Flooding?

    TWENTY-FIVE (25) PAGES OF FEMA’S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE UNDER HOMELAND SECURITY? (click on the Organizational Chart – August 2017)

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    I saw something and I said something, March 22, 2014

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-warped-data/

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing …

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    Over three years later Apr 26, 2017  TO SAY AND DO  SOMETHING ABOUT FEMA’S 2014 WARPED DATA,  the National Flood Mapping Program (NFIP)

    Cassidy, Gillibrand Release National Flood … – Senator Bill Cassidy

    https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/…/cassidy-gillibrand-release-national-flood-insurance-…

    Apr 26, 2017 – The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. … This proposed legislation would reauthorize the NFIP over a 10-year term … FEMA will be required to reallocate the existing surcharges …. the National Flood Mapping Program shall be reauthorized at a funding level of $500 million annually.

    Hmmm… Enhancing Flood Insurance Affordability and Accessibility

    Provides Affordability Vouchers to Offset the Cost of Flood Insurance. For certain policyholders, owner-occupied households for which flood insurance premiums and fees would result in housing costs

    exceeding 40 percent of household income,

    affordability vouchers “shall” be available to offset premium costs exceeding the 40% housing cost threshold.

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    AND, TO SAY NOTHING OF…..

    Behind My Back | FEMA’S $24 Billion Dollar Debt

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/18/femas-24-billion-dollar-debt/

    Apr 18, 2016 – FEMA’S $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF FEMA APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016 FEMA manages …

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    AUG 27, 2017  FEMA LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONAL (FLOW)

    INDEED PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP MATTERS

    Texas governor praises federal response to hurricane – POLITICO

    www.politico.com/story/2017/08/27/hurricane-harvey-texas-abbott-fox-242072

    3 hours ago – Texas governor praises federal response to hurricane … Greg Abbott heaped praise Sunday morning on President Donald Trump and the federal government for their response to Hurricane Harvey, a storm that battered the Texas coast … I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members, …

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    Harvey drops nearly two feet of water on Houston area, causing …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harvey…damage…/c35ab7c0-8ae6-11e7-961d-2f37…

    52 mins ago – Hurricane Harvey makes landfall, slams South Texas … [‘All night of slam, bang, boom,’ then a scramble to assess the hurricane’s damage].

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    AND, THEN A CONGRESSIONAL SCRAMBLE  BEFORE September 30, 2017

    At 1,665 pages, (click on this link) Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 combines the 11 unfinished appropriations bills for the year. Congress passed the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill last September.

    , Feds everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that Congress reached a deal on an omnibus spending bill — the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 — to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2017.(ending September 30, 2017)

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    1. Rept. 114-264 – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY …

    https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/114th-congress/senate-report/264/1

    114-264 – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL, … of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for … \5\

    Includes $6,712,953,000 for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund designated by …

    DIVISION F—DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017
    Title I—Departmental Management, Operations, Intelligence, and Oversight
    Title II—Security, Enforcement, and Investigations
    Title III—Protection, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
    Title IV—Research, Development, Training, and Services
    Title V—General Provisions

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    EINSTEIN SAID, IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN  IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT WELL ENOUGH.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID “WHAT A MESS”

    My quote “If you understand this, no explanation is necessary, if you don’t understand this, no explanation is possible.

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    FEMA LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

    This hierarchical organization chart illustrates the FEMA organizational structure and displays its lines of authority and communications and how information flows between levels of management beginning with the Office of the Administrator at the top layer of management. The complete list of leadership biographies and areas of responsibility can be found at http://www.fema.gov/leadership.

    Size Publication Date

    Organizational Chart – August 2017

    Organizational Chart – August 2017

    0.04M August 23, 2017

  • Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …

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    JAN 12, 2017 BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    THE US NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP) WAS  $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. THE LAST TIME I RESEARCHED NFIP  CIRCA 2012, IT WAS $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, AND THIS DEBATE PROMISES TO BE LIVELY.  THE NATURAL HAZARDS RESEARCH AND MITIGATION GROUP AT UC DAVIS HAS BEEN ANALYZING NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

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    Aug 25, 2017

    Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey? – Heavy.com

    heavy.com/news/2017/08/is-fema-prepared-for-hurricane-harvey/

    2 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey will pose THE FIRST MAJOR TEST FOR FEMA DURING DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY. In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck Florida, …

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    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-catastrophic-flooding/story?id=49412285

    52 SECS AGO – THE TEXAS COAST IS BRACING FOR IMPACT AS HURRICANE HARVEY BEARS DOWN ON … IS EXPECTED TO BE THE WORST TO HIT THE STATE IN NEARLY TWO DECADES.

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    National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

    www.naic.org/cipr_topics/topic_nfip.htm

    Jun 12, 2017 – National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization protects … NFIP REAUTHORIZATION EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND CONGRESS WILL BE …

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    LESSONS LEARNED BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS FEMA  NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM NFIP

    FLOOD INSURANCE CRITICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

    DURING AND  FOLLOWING KATRINA (left out of the summary?):  THE COSTLIEST NATURAL DISASTER AND ONE OF THE FIVE DEADLIEST HURRICANES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

    SUPER STORM SANDY AND OTHER DISASTERS, .. PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA?

    UNSUSTAINABILITY ($20 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER)

    LOW PARTICIPATION RATES

    AN INDIFFERENCE TO THE BENEFITS OF FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE LEVEES AND  DAMS (THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS?)

    AGENCY MISMANAGEMENT

    UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT SERVICE COSTS

    AND CONTRACTOR PROFITEERING.

    INACCURATE FLOOD MAPS

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-warped-data/

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing …

    please click on the FEMA/NFIP  links on behindmyback.org

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    INDEED……

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

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    (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

    https://www.menendez.senate.gov/…/menendez-leads-bipartisan-flood-insurance-refor…

    Jun 13, 2017 – Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 6 yrs., institutes … Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept.

    The Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 tackles systemic problems with flood insurance,

    puts it back on solid fiscal ground,

    and reframes our nation’s entire disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation to spare the high cost of rebuilding after flood disasters. 

    Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept. 30, 2017.

    The bill is also cosponsored by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),

     ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS.) Pocahontas?

    and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), all members of the Senate Banking and Appropriations Committees that are ULTIMATELY CHARGED WITH WRITING THE NFIP REAUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION, and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).   

    SAFE NFIP addresses critical problems with the program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following Superstorm Sandy AND OTHER DISASTERS: unsustainability, low participation rates, inaccurate flood maps, an indifference to the benefits of flood control infrastructure, agency mismanagement, unsustainable debt service costs and contractor profiteering.

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    Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program – RIMS.org

    https://www.rims.org/externalaffairs/…/NFIP%20Reauthorization%20Issue%20Brief.p…

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), created as a result of the … WE EXPECT THE FUTURE OF THE NFIP TO BE CHALLENGED WHEN IT COMES UP FOR REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017; ... it is eligible for funding through an appropriations bill in congress.

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    S.1571 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): National Flood Insurance …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1571

    Jul 17, 2017 – S.1571 – National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts …

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    HURRICANE HARVEY – National Hurricane Center

    www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone

    This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and …

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    Hurricane Harvey will bring ‘large-scale’ damage; FEMA chief ‘afraid …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-bring-large-scale-damage-fema-chief/story?…

    4 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey is still strengthening as it steers toward Texas today, and FEMA administrator Brock Long fears residents may not be heeding …

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    Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest …

    https://weather.com/…/hurricane/…/hurricane-harvey-forecast-gulf-coast-texas-louisia…

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …

    ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …


  • FEMA’S $24 Billion Dollar Debt

    FEMA’S  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

    OTHER PROGRAMS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) PREVIOUSLY ADMINISTERED HAVE SINCE BEEN INTERNALIZED OR SHIFTED UNDER DIRECT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONTROL.

    AFTER FEMA’S CREATION THROUGH REORGANIZATION AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS, CONGRESS CONTINUED TO EXPAND FEMA’S AUTHORITY BY ASSIGNING RESPONSIBILITIES TO IT.

    CONGRESS FUNDED the Federal Emergency Management Agency THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

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    bottom line…

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. EXECUTIVE ORDERS?

    SO, CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESSIONAL FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION DOLLAR FEMA FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT, to trickle down to property owners, using the National Flood Insurance Program.

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    FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency (1979–2003)

    FEMA WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE 1978 REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3, AND ACTIVATED APRIL 1, 1979, BY PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER 12127.

    In July, Carter signed Executive Order 12148 shifting disaster relief efforts to the new federal-level agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA absorbed the Federal Insurance Administration, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, the National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program, the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services Administration and the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from HUD.

    FEMA WAS ALSO GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE NATION’S CIVIL DEFENSE, A FUNCTION WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S DEFENSE CIVIL PREPAREDNESS AGENCY.

    In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director.

    In 1996, the agency was elevated to cabinet rank. This was not continued by President George W. Bush. Witt initiated reforms that would help to streamline the disaster recovery and mitigation process.

    The end of the Cold War also allowed the agency’s resources to be turned away from civil defense to natural disaster preparedness.

    After Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s creation through reorganization and executive orders, Congress continued to expand Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s authority by assigning responsibilities to it.

    THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DAM SAFETY UNDER THE NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM ACT …….

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    JAN 13, 2016 UPDATE

    Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the …

    https://www.fema.gov/…/16240

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    JAN 13, 2016 – This report on the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Year … The Dam Safety Act of 2006 states that the Administrator of FEMA will …

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    disaster assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; earthquake hazards reduction under the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and further expanded by Executive Order 12699, regarding safety requirements for federal buildings and Executive Order 12941, concerning the need for cost estimates to seismically retrofit federal buildings;

    EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER UNDER THE STEWART B. MCKINNEY HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1987;

    hazardous materials, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986;

    IN ADDITION, FEMA RECEIVED AUTHORITY FOR COUNTER TERRORISM THROUGH THE NUNN-LUGAR-DOMENICI AMENDMENT

     UNDER THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ACT OF 1996,

    WHICH WAS A RESPONSE TO THE RECOGNIZED VULNERABILITIES OF THE U.S. AFTER THE SARIN GAS ATTACK ON THE TOKYO SUBWAY IN 1995.

    CONGRESS FUNDED FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    FEMA under Department of Homeland Security (2003–present)

    President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004

    Following the September 11, 2001, attacks,

    Congress passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better coordinate among the different federal agencies that deal with law enforcement, disaster preparedness and recovery,

    BORDER PROTECTION

     and civil defense.

     Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was absorbed into DHS effective March 1, 2003. As a result, FEMA became part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of Department of Homeland Security,

    Additionally, upon incorporation into Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was legally dissolved and a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate was established in DHS to replace it.

    Following enactment of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006

    FEMA WAS REESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY WITHIN DHS, ON MARCH 31, 2007.

    EMPLOYING MORE THAN 2,600 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.

    IT BECAME THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AGAIN ON MARCH 31, 2007, but remained in DHS.

    President Bush appointed Michael D. Brown as FEMA’s director in January 2003.

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    APR 4, 2016

     THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FEMA HAS A  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS FUNDED AND EXPANDED  FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

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    Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrated that the vision of further unification of functions and another reorganization could not address the problems FEMA had previously faced. The “Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina”, released February 15, 2006, by the U.S. Government Printing Office, revealed that federal funding to states for “all hazards” disaster preparedness needs was not awarded unless the local agencies made the purposes for the funding a “just terrorism” function.

    Emergency management professionals testified that funds for preparedness for natural hazards was given less priority than preparations for counter terrorism measures. Testimony also expressed the opinion that the mission to mitigate vulnerability and prepare for natural hazard disasters before they occurred had been separated from disaster preparedness functions, making the nation more vulnerable to known hazards, like hurricanes.

    Organization

    During the debate of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, some called for FEMA to remain as an independent agency. Later, following the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, CRITICS CALLED FOR FEMA TO BE REMOVED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

    IN MARCH 2003, FEMA JOINED 22 OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, PROGRAMS AND OFFICES IN BECOMING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters – both natural and man-made.

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program. Other programs FEMA previously administered have since been internalized or shifted under direct DHS control.

    FEMA is also home to the National Continuity Programs Directorate (formerly the Office of National Security Coordination). ONSC was responsible for developing, exercising, and validating agency wide continuity of operations and continuity of government plans as well as overseeing and maintaining continuity readiness including the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. ONSC also coordinated the continuity efforts of other Federal Executive Agencies.

    FEMA began administering the Center for Domestic Preparedness in 2007.

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    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESS FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT

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    CFACTS  BELOW, DON’T COVER DFACTS OF FEMA HISTORY

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    CFACT – FEMA is experiencing a disaster of its own making …

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    … a disaster of its own making — a balance sheet that is $24 billion under water. Now it … April 4, 2016 by Larry Bell, 0 Comments Tweet Tweet The Federal …

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    FEMA MANAGES THE National Flood Insurance Program.

    Letters & Testimony

    TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

    January 12, 2016

    Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”…

     

    The Clock is Ticking on Flood Insurance Reform

    April 08, 2016 | The Hill – Congress Blog

    With national flood insurance on the verge of a financial crisis, consensus is growing for reforms that will ensure the program can continue to pay claims and protect people in harm’s way….

    Groups Join to Push Flood Insurance Reform

    April 12, 2016 | Property Casualty 360

    Legislators and stakeholders would like to get a bill extending and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) put together this…

     

    April 17, 2016

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/16million-plains-states-threatened-…

    NBCNews.com

    14 hours ago – More than 16 million people were threatened by severe weather Sunday … NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 17, 2016 … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or …

    12 Million Under Flood Warnings in South as Reported …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/12-millionunderfloodwarnings-s…

    NBCNews.com

    MAR 16, 2016 – More than 12 million people were still under flood warnings across the South as the region struggled to recover … Mar 16 2016, 6:07 am ET …

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms Bringing Wet Snow, Heavy Rain

    NBCNews.com‎ – 14 hours ago

    More than 16 million people were threatened by severe … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or severe weather …

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    More than 18 million in 13 states under flood warning – WJXT

    www.news4jax.com/…/floodwarning-for-13-states-including-geo…

    WJXT

    DEC 30, 2015 – More than 18 million people in 13 states-including Georgia are under a flood warning, Wednesday morning. Over the past few days, flooding …