Surprise, surprise...or not.
The government has wasted millions of dollars geared toward Katrina relief. All you out there who are actually surprised say, "OH NO!"
*crickets creak then croak*
(After all, it's still winter in Wisconsin.)
"The government's response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita depended heavily on contractors to deliver ice, water and food supplies; patch rooftops; and provide housing to displaced residents," said the report by the GAO, Congress' auditing arm. "FEMA did not adequately anticipate needs."
Nicol Andrews, a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the agency was working hard to improve its awarding of billions of dollars of government contracts as it prepares for the next hurricane season.
"We have been working with (Homeland) Secretary (Michael) Chertoff to incorporate unprecedented levels of oversight in FEMA contracting," she said. "However, in the event of a disaster when minutes count, we have the authority to do what it takes to move quickly."
By and large, the initial criticism of FEMA from members of Congress and others was that the agency moved too slowly to assist hurricane victims.
After reading this...after thinking about how badly FEMA messed things up down there...I've finally thought of a good solution. I might be accused of religious pandering of some sort, but...
The Boy Scouts of America!!!
They're already working together.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to work with the Boy Scouts of America to increase the level of citizen preparedness across the country.
Why not just make for the push and go all out?
At the very least, steal the Scouts' motto "Be prepared" and act on it!
If FEMA had actually known what it was doing and had the programs/contracts ready and in-place, we wouldn't be going through the money-pinch now and the Gulf Coast residents wouldn't have suffered nearly as much as they did then. What could be a better win/win situation than that?
So, I say give the Boy Scouts of America a shot. They care, they're prepared, and they're trained to act in an emergency. All three are very necessary qualities FEMA seems to be lacking now-a-days.