03 September 2005

A Diminished FEMA Scrambles to the Rescue

The agency's standing within the government has been eclipsed by the war on terrorism

WASHINGTON — In 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency concluded that a catastrophic hurricane in New Orleans was "among the three likeliest … disasters facing this country."

In the years that followed, however, instead of receiving a mandate to marshal the resources needed to handle such a disaster, FEMA saw its standing within the federal government downgraded sharply and its mission pushed lower on the priorities list as the Bush administration focused on the threat of terrorism.

Read the full story by By Nicole Gaouette at the Los Angeles Times...

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