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FEMA 2008 budget and operations report, majority of citizens confident in FEMA response to natural disasters, FEMA reorganization plan post Hurricane Katrina

View Poll Results: Confidence in U.S. hurricane response 2007
Yes they are ready 4 13.79%
No they are not 12 41.38%
Who cares, I can only count on ME 13 44.83%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-28-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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As the hurricane season approaches, roughly half of Americans have confidence in the federal government's ability to respond to storms according to a news agency poll. Are they really ready to support you?
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:32 PM
 
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Default FEMA’s FY 2008 Budget Request

Release Date: March 9, 2007
Release Number: FNF-07-005

The FY 2008 budget request represents the first combined budget to incorporate the components of the Department of Homeland Security’s Preparedness Directorate that transferred to FEMA as directed by the FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. As such, analyses of the requested $8.02 billion in funding requested presents a cohesive picture of how the newly redesigned FEMA will be funded and operate.

The FY 2008 budget request reflects the first year of a three-year phased approach that will improve the core competencies necessary to meet FEMA’s commitment to serve the public and be the Nation’s Preeminent Emergency Management Agency. The requested total funding for the legacy Preparedness programs transferred to FEMA and FEMA’s existing programs represents an 11 percent increase or $601 million for a total of $5.8 billion in FY 2008.

The budget request includes two key elements associated with the reorganization of FEMA under the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act:

* A $100 million increase for FEMA’s Vision Initiatives, including staffing increases, new technologies, and targeted investment in equipment and supplies that will support emergency management efforts across preparedness, protection, response, and recovery.
* The transfer of $48 million from the Disaster Relief Fund to the Operations, Planning and Support account to convert FEMA’s Cadre of On-Call Response Employee (CORE) positions with 4-year terms into permanent full-time employees.

Additional funding over FY 2007 enacted levels is requested for the Disaster Relief Fund ($213.5 million), the National Flood Insurance Fund ($215.0 million), the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program ($6.5 million), and the U.S. Fire Administration ($1.9 million).

The FY 2008 budget request also includes $2.2 billion to support grant programs, provide technical assistance funding, and support training programs to federal, state, local, and tribal partners under FEMA. While this suggests a $1.2 billion decrease from the FY 2007 enacted level, it does not reflect the $1.0 billion Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grant program, which FEMA will be co-administering with the Department of Commerce.

As interoperable communications projects have accounted for almost 28 percent of state grant program expenditures in recent program years, the PSIC grant program will supplement the significant investments made by the Department of Homeland Security in state and local preparedness efforts. The PSIC funding is not captured as part of the FY08 request as it was appropriated per the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 from anticipated spectrum auction. However, the funding will add to the total level of grant funding that will be made available to state and local governments.

Although the total grant funding requested includes a decrease in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, the FY 2008 request will fund hundreds of grants, focusing on those applications that enhance the most critical capabilities of local response in the event of a terrorist attack or major disasters. Since the program began in FY 2001, Congress has appropriated over $3.6 billion to fund grants to state and local first responders, with FY 2006 funding still being distributed and the FY 2007 grant application process just beginning. As such, the Administration believes this is an appropriate level for the FY 2008 grants given the availability of significant amounts of funding for first responder preparedness missions from other DHS grant programs.

Finally, the FY 2008 request does include several decreases in funding for programs that transferred out of FEMA or changes in grant allocations that reflect a move towards placing more funding in programs that are better coordinated with state and local homeland security strategies and are allocated on the basis of risk. Included in these decreases are the transfer of the National Disaster Medical System from FEMA to HHS and the reduction of the Emergency Food and Shelter Grant programs.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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As the hurricane season approaches, roughly half of Americans have confidence in the federal government's ability to respond to storms according to a news agency poll. Are they really ready to support you?
I have confidence in my own ability to respond. Anything beyond that I consider a bonus. The only thing the government is good at is pointing fingers and covering their own a$$'s
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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It really doesn't matter how much of an increase FEMA may have in their funding, (good post, by the way, Sunrico). What counts is getting the help to the people who need it most, after a disaster. And, frankly, any government body, particularly at the federal level, just can't help but be inefficient, and a major hinderance, more often than not. That's not an excuse for them, it's a fact, plain and simple.
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:13 PM
 
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21 votes and 3 replies. Should Fema responsabilites and resources be relocated to state level rather than national level? Maybe a regional action team might work better than the national level? Or we just keep what we have?
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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We had 3 votes for They are ready, can you explain your position. Maybe the other 21 voters fail to see the readiness posture of FEMA....
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