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The recent years had been very challenging due to the unparalleled number of major natural disasters, tornadoes, and floods that hit the United States, including Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. But those disasters have strained the FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) treasuries. However, there are minor disasters that have been treated as “major disasters” and pushed its budget beyond its limits. FEMA is the major agency that was initially created and implemented to manage the response to disasters or calamities that happen in the U.S. FEMA has been referred to as the “secret government” because it is a non-elected organization with an allotted budget of billions of dollars.
FEMA is frequently questioned on how its resources should be allocated both before and after major and minor disasters. In the past, the organization was bombarded with concerns as to how they distribute financial support to those that/who were affected by major and minor disasters. For one, FEMA doesn’t have an “accurate” account of the contractors and other resources to go to when these unpredictable disasters occur. The organization itself has its own list of go-to contractors and private resources that can be used basing on the condition. In addition to this, it counts on local governments and states for preparation.
As an organization to turn to in times of unpredictable crisis or tragedy, FEMA should be efficient in filling in what states and local governments cannot, not the other way around. It cannot count on local or state solution if for example a natural disaster happens. Some critics suggest defunding FEMA because it’s not performing its function wholly. Others say that it should search and discover what functions are best performed not just on national level, but also on local level.
Moreover, FEMA must know and pinpoint the disasters that they should be managing. Critics say that those relatively minor incidents and crisis are depleting billions of dollars in FEMA’s budget, making its resources scarce when large-scale disasters happen and relying too much on the federal government. The organization should weigh decisions carefully.
Critics say that the problem is that FEMA says ‘yes’ all the time, even for relatively minor disasters. They rarely turn down any request for assistance. If this is the case, then there is no facility for local governments and individual states to enhance and use their own resources. Additionally, the federal disaster relief fund has been reduced six times since 2003, leaving the Congress debating over whether or not to allot more money.
The purpose of FEMA is superb, especially to those that were affected by large-scale disasters. Critics are suggesting the defunding of FEMA because of failure in using its resources properly, and not functioning as it is supposed to. But supporters of FEMA are holding on to its capability to assist and use its resources both major and minor disasters. For one thing, it has successfully supported those affected with the Hurricane Sandy and other disasters. Supporters agree that defunding is not the solution to this concern, but having good leaders manage appropriately.
Furthermore, FEMA always stands firmly and does what it can possibly do every time there’s a ‘request’ for assistance on its table. That’s why a lot of people still can say that FEMA is the dependable wall they can lean to when no one else can.
To catch the latest about FEMA, you can visit http://www.fema.gov.