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  •  FEMA has all kinds of rules (5+ / 0-)

    There's a couple of different types of assistance, including individual assistance to people who are impacted, loans to businesses, and funding to local jurisdictions who are overwhelmed with repair obligations.  But here's the thing- the money is by no means unlimited and there's all kinds of program rules that are in place to prevent abuse.

    Like this one, which seems so apropos:

    "No assistance will be provided to an applicant for damages caused by its own negligence through failure to take reasonable protective measures. If negligence by another party results in damages, assistance may be provided on the condition that the applicant agrees to cooperate with FEMA in all efforts to recover the cost of such assistance from the negligent party."

    That's in the guidelines for Public Assistance (roads, infrastructure, etc.).  If the community goes for this funding, it comes with the obligation to get reimbursement from any negligent party. They may want to let stuff slide as "act of god" if the investigation has unclear results, but good luck getting that past FEMA officials who have been hauled in front of hostile sub-committees.

    "I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell-raiser." Mother Jones

    by histopresto on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:49:14 PM PDT

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