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Where’s FEMA

After all the complaints about New Orleans, you’d think the Obama administration would be sensitive to this sort of thing:

In some parts of rural Kentucky, they’re getting water the old-fashioned way — with pails from a creek. There’s not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor. The creative are flushing their toilets with melted snow.

At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. And with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.


Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.

“We’ve got people out in some areas we haven’t even visited yet,” Smith said. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”

Smith said FEMA has been a no-show so far.

You’re doing a heck of a job, Barack!

Hope and change.


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14 Responses to Where’s FEMA

  • Kentucky is a “red” state ..

  • Given this, and his association with Rev. Wright, I believe it is safe to assume that Lightworker hates white people.

  • I understand that Mother Nature has played a key role in this disaster.  But shouldn’t some of the blame be places on the aged power grid?  Wouldn’t a more modern, robust grid  fare better against the evils of “climate change”? 

    The long term solution is clear.  Congress must act immediately to dramatically increase funding for long-neglected social programs.    Elected representatives must support the president and not be timid about spending hundreds of billions for condoms and STD prevention, foreign abortion programs, illegal alien financial support, CO2 elimination, voter fraud enabling, and  especially organized labor enhancement.  It is crucial that investment directed to the grid or energy independence must be kept to a minimum.

    Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  • I live immediately across the Ohio River from Louisville (in Southern Indiana). Everyone lost power because we got several inches of ice which brought down power lines and trees. While this storm was more severe in terms of damage than the one we got from the winds that came after Hurricane Ike back in September (and that was very bad), more people were prepared because of the previous outages less than 4 months ago. More people had generators, and more people were helping others because of the cold and heavy snow that accompanied the ice.

    I’m not sure how a less “aged” power grid is going to prevent us from losing electricity when thousands of poles are knocked down.

    On a side note, we’ve lost 9 days of school so far this year because of the two storms and their damage. Businesses haven’t lost as many days being shut down, but they’ve been hit hard as well.

  • Country folk tend to themselves.  FEMA would just get in the way.  We were lucky here in central Indiana.  Got a 13 inches of snow, which played hell with traffic, but little else.

    We do need to get a backup generator for our house as soon as we can though.  Can never be to prepared.

  • Did the water system give out at some point?

    • I should have read the rest of the article.  You would figure that there would be an alternate generator for the pumps. 

      • In much of the effected area people have personal wells. No electricity, no water. I’m in Arkansas and most of the area is still without electricity. I am fortunate, the county hospital is on the same grid as myself so that was the first one to be fixed.

        Fema is supposed to be here (no show) according to the news but its not really needed now in my area. The insurance adjuster has already hit the area so the money is on the way. Those of us with front loader tractors have been removing trees from our own and all neighbors homes so they can be patched.

        On a side note, the news said today that in a little town 25 miles away from here the sheriff has been telling any like myself who is helping their neighbors that he will arrest them for doing any work if they don’t have a permit. I can understand you need bonded contractors to do major jobs, incase any extra damage is caused but not just cleaning up enough to make temporary patches. That is government at its worst. Keeping people from helping each other.

  • Must be nice to have 90% of the media on your side.

  • harlen, as long as there is wire above ground, there’s risk.  We went through this last year, we got heavy  ice,  the next day winds of 70 mph.  Huge branches from ancient trees broke off and snapped wire all over everywhere.  Some of the wiring is run across country making it nearly impossible for crews to get to the damage.  It took 8 days to get power to the rural community where our farm is located.  Workers came from all over to help get the power back up working through very harsh conditions, tromping through rolling hills and, deep ravines, getting equipment as close to the breaks as possible which wasn’t close enough.  They often had to foot it to the areas where they could splice into where the breaks were then they had to cut and clear  limbs that caused the damage before they could repair the wires.  These people do amazing work.  It would not have mattered if the wiring was brand new, nothing would have been able to withstand the weight of the huge limbs that fell that day.  We lost over 100 trees on our property, multiply that many times for the rest of the community. many trees were near wiring and big enough to do an enormous amount of damage.

  • You are correct, rural people are prepared. We keep 10 gals of gas for the generator, cases of canned goods, and a swimming pool full of clean water ready at all times. You have to be diligent about rotating the fuel and canned goods to keep them fresh. BTW for those of you w/o generators, I recommend When it came time to replace my 4600 ER, I ordered an 8kw generator from them on a Saturday and it was delivered (180 lbs) on Thursday! It was shipped from WI to CA in four days.

  • Argh!  harlen, my computer is weird today.  When I opened this page all the comments were run together and I didn’t connect the second paragraph as being yours.  My apologies.

  • You’d think he could at least send some of his unicorn herd to clear the trees. Seems pretty basic.

  • SharkGiven this, and his association with Rev. Wright, I believe it is safe to assume that Lightworker hates white people.

    There’s a glimmer of truth here.  NOT that I think TAO hates white people, but rather the tacit assumptions that are made during times of disaster.  Some people made this point during Katrina:

    Black people are assumed to be helpless and in need of rescue during times of disaster (and, frankly, at all other times).  White people are not.

    Consider Kentucky: a mostly white state.  Nobody in MiniTru is crying, “Where’s FEMA???” because (white) Kentuckians are assumed to be able to handle the problem themselves, just as white Mississippians and Alabamians were assumed to be able to handle the problem when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, unlike their black brethren in NO who were assumed to not only need help, but to also descend immediately into barbarity and savagery the instant the power went off.

    Anyway, TAO was mocking Washingtonians just a few days ago because DC shuts down when there’s a little snow on the ground; seems he thinks that they should adopt the tougher Chicago attitude.  I’m sure that, if pressed, he’d say the same thing to Kentucky.

    BTW, anybody know the temperature in the Oval Office today?