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View Diary: [UPDATED] Northern Command Unit READY - BUT WAITED on Bush Orders (224 comments)

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  •  Chertoff or another speaker today said (none)
    that "volunteerism" is one of Bush's "pet projects."

    [So why couldn't we 'volunteer' our transport, fema workers, gov't workers, neighboring states' Guardsmen and supplies in the 1st few days that this hit?]

    •  and its getting worse (none)
      To get relief workers that are fit, and already have background checks and training FEMA is hitting up fire and police agencies for "volunteers"... Too bad there are NO FEMA offers for reimbursing those agencies for losing thier personnel. Most fire and police agencies have to fill the volunteers position  while they are away.   Most agencies are saying no, they cant afford the hit in thier already depleted budgets.  There are even rumblings that FEMA will not fully reimburse agencies for already deployed USAR and swift water rescue teams.

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