24
Sep
08

Hurricane Ike, And Federal Help

Road Humps Indeed

Road Humps Indeed

A note from a friend, Houston, TX area resident Phil Schawe (SHAHvee) had this to say about the aftermath of Hurricane Ike;

Fortunately, I am pretty much done with that bastard IKE.

Thanks to everyone who expressed concern. Except for gigantic piles of tree debris lined up and down the street, things are pretty much back to normal today. Much luckier than the folks nearer the coast; keep in mind I  live over FIFTY miles inland.

On the bright side, it is AMAZING how neighbors pulled together to help each other out in times of need; truly a silver lining to IKE’s destruction. I got power yesterday after 8-1/2 days without.  Also got power at my office, but no phone or internet there yet.

I spent last Monday & Tuesday at a FEMA P.O.D. site helping hand out food, water & ice. A gigantic bureaucratic clusterf**k if ever I saw one. TSA and FEMA guys were complete tools and didn’t have a clue what to do; fortunately the volunteers that were there just basically took over and handled distribution.

Too bad we distributed stuff too fast for FEMA. We repeatedly ran out of supplies and they could never tell us when we’d be re-supplied. We sat there after everything ran out on Tuesday, and everyone cheered when a truck pulled up the street.

That is, until we saw it carried two brand new fork lifts to help unload the trucks THAT WEREN’T THERE. Oh, and nobody knew how to OPERATE the fork lifts either. Seems like the ONE guy we already had on a forklift and who was doing a wonderful job wasn’t deemed adequate.

And the ultimate comment;

The day after IKE a guy in a big ol’ van somehow made it down our
street to deliver . . . .

a package with a printer cartridge.

The van?

FEDERAL EXPRESS

(PHOTO: Phil’s amazing Flickr set )

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1 Response to “Hurricane Ike, And Federal Help”


  1. September 24, 2008 at 11:07 am

    So will anyone at FEMA be fired for not being any more effective that the last guy was with Katrina?


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