Replace FEMA with a private disaster relief czar?

One way to limit government, so we are told, is to dump the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and outsource disaster relief to private companies. That is so Marcus Licinius Crassus.

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Preparing for Hurricane Isaac, Republican National Convention

Preparing for a hurricane disaster is a lot like Republicans planning a national convention. Denial can end in disaster. Okay. Okay. Election year fairness from the press. Democrats express their


More than one in four Americans ignore evacuation orders, most don’t have disaster plan, survival kit

There is a clear opportunity for people across the country to better understand the importance of following evacuation protocols. One in four (21 percent) of Americans have had their


Flood insurance program reauthorization overshadowed by jobs, student loans

When President Barack Obama recently signed a massive, job-creating transportation bill, which also held down interest rates on student loans, the bill also extended the National Flood Insurance


Earthquake exhibit shakes visitors into preparation mode

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Academy of Sciences' new earthquake exhibit recalls two of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest quakes to help nudge visitors into preparing for


VaultPress saves DeadlineNews.Com’s assets after sticky mouse disaster

VAULTPRESS - Sunday March 11th, 2012 was like any other Sunday. Broderick Perkins was working on his website, DeadlineNews.Com. Then, disaster struck—Broderick’s sticky mouse button hit a ‘Reset Theme’


PG&E offers storm preparation tips as strong weather system approaches

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC – A powerful storm carrying heavy rain and strong winds is forecast to hit California Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Wind gusts up to


Hurricane Katrina-spawned free flood clean-up manual now valuable for Hurricane Irene victims

When floods from one of the nation's worst natural disasters subsided, agencies got to work producing a guide to help clean up water-logged homes and prepare them for


How to keep Irene out of your house

Big, blustery Hurricane Irene is barreling up the East Coast and she's got her eye on your home. And when she sits around your house, she sits around your

Homeowner associations’ special disaster preparedness needs

If you live in a condo, townhome or other community governed by homeowners association (HOA), take a lesson from Judy Rosen who lives in a 70-unit HOA in

Claims attorney gives retooled GCCF high marks

By Peter Taaffe, Attorney Buzbee Law Firm © 2010 HomeAway.com The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has been up and running since August 23, 2010. The operation hit some snags

NPFC also accepts oil spill claims, but for lump sum payments

Vacation rental owners facing delays or denials in response to claims for lost income due to the Gulf oil disaster, have another, sort of "court of appeals" --

GCCF claims process deteriorates since takeover from BP

Forget the promise from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) head who said you'd have your claim paid within 48 hours. Don't expect the new claims facility to maintain


Oil spill sinks home prices, sales

As predicted, and only four months after the onset of the Gulf oil disaster, the event is taking a toll on the housing market, as some coastal areas

San Bruno fire kills 6, destroys 53 homes

A massive fire roared through a mostly residential neighborhood in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno after reports of a large gas line

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