FEMA Chief: Aid Won't Be Hindered By Money Issues

The head of the federal disaster assistance agency says recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene will proceed regardless of a dwindling emergency fund.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate tells CBS's "The Early Show" a drawdown in assistance funds will have no negative impact on the agency's efforts to help stricken Eastern Seaboard states.

Fugate says "we're going to do what we're supposed to do." He says FEMA "will work with the White House on funds needed to recover from this and other disasters." The agency has less than $800 million left in its disaster coffers.

Fugate says FEMA's current focus is on Hurricane Irene recovery efforts and says it must also gird for any new disasters.
"We don't know what's coming down the line," he says.


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  • by Kendrick's liar... on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Where is FEMA? They havne't set foot in Aurora...
  • by Gregory on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    More "free money" that we have to borrow from China. It never ends....
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      by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to Gregory
      Sooo...those on fixed incomes, retirees, seniors in need of social services should just starve? But its OK to give Tax breaks to the wealthy, and Loop holes to Big business. Some companies pay their CEOs more than they paid Uncle Sam.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Don't think the govt. at any level will help you. Prepare for these storms ahead of time on your own dime.
  • by Bobbie Location: Washington on Aug 31, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    here is a number for FEMA 1-800-462-9029
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    As long as the Federal Government has money to loan to to foreign governments we had dang sure better have money to aid people in our own country in times of need.
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      by Sick Of Tea on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Carl Kolchack
      Foreign aid is NOT the problem, massive tax breaks for Paris Hilton and her idle rich pals are the problem.
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        by The flood on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to Sick Of Tea
        No, out of control spending on unfunded entitlement programs along with a complete unwillingness by Democrats to cut any spending at all are the problems.
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          by B on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM in reply to The flood
          Okay, here's a partial solution to the out-of-control spending by the Democrats (who only control one half of the Congress, by the way)...stop ALL federal disaster relief programs until there is a simultaneous, dollar-for-dollar reduction in government spending elsewhere in the budget. It may be tough to admit, but ANY federal disaster relief involves the very spending that you complain about. You can't have it both ways.
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          by The flood on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to The flood
          I don't want it both ways. Why is it assumed that the federal government should be involved in disaster relief? Outside of things it owns, why is it the Federal Government's job to pay for cleanup that should be the responsibility of the communities where the disaster happened? Where is the individual's responsibility to carry insurance on their property? And while D's "only" control the Senate and the presidency, they were in charge of the entire congress for 6 years until just a very short while ago.
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          by Barlow on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to The flood
          Okay, here's a partial solution to the out-of-control looting by the Republicans (who only control one half of the Congress, by the way)...stop ALL tax breaks to the rich until we have the kind of surplus we did when Bill Clinton raised their taxes by only 3%. It may be tough to admit, but ANY federal disaster relief involves having enough money in the coffers and the rich have been getting a virtual free ride.
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          by another mis-informed Fox news viewer on Aug 31, 2011 at 03:23 PM in reply to The flood
          What? Are you serious? The Dems gave up a lot, the Repubs refused to negotiate, they got 98% of what they wanted, now you have the nerve to say the Democrats are unwilling?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    I don't have power or cable so I was wondering if they have given any phone numbers or website addresses for the people that need to apply for assisance with FEMA?
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