Saturday, March 10, 2007

FEMA Taking Hit on Sale of Surplus Trailers

[Ran across this article in the Washington Post.]

Stored in such places as the vacant land near an airfield in Hope, Ark., an industrial park in Cumberland, Md., and a warehouse in Edison, N.J., are the results of one of the federal government's costliest stumbles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- tens of thousands of empty trailers. [continue reading]

It's amazing to think that this stuff still isn't resolved. I mean, it's been a year and a half since the hurricanes hit. Rebuilding is only really just starting in a number of neighborhoods. Delays in plans persist due to legal battles in indecision. From what I hear, there are still huge swaths of the city that are wastelands and virtually uninhabited. It's a real bummer that we can't get our act together down there. I urge anyone reading this who hasn't volunteered to go lend a hand. It was hard work but actually fun. It's not just help with construction or destruction that's needed. Volunteers are needed to help cook and distribute food and clothes as well and do general clean-up work and even gardening among other things. There are some links to various volunteer organizations in the upper right of this blog. Feel free to check them out.

Assuming I'm back in the states this autumn (which I am assuming) I hope to go down and do a second stint volunteering. It's a long way off yet, but if anyone else is interested I'd love the company.

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