How Hard Should it Be to Get FEMA Funds?


Disasters can take a toll on unique community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exists to assist states and communities in responding to and recovering from disasters. One community is finding out that this assistance is not always easy to get.

Many people believe that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes it easy to receive a federal disaster recovery funds. In reality, these funds often require a large amount of paperwork and even spending some money.

The community of Galveston is looking at spending $800,000 to chase the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery dollars. Elder reported, “the Wharves Board of Trustees, which on Monday agreed to pay a Florida firm up to $800,000 to manage the Port of Galveston’s efforts to win millions of Federal Management Emergency Agency dollars to repair public docks Hurricane Ike damaged.”

Galveston is trying to get continued funding from the damage caused by hurricane Ike. Hurricane Ike a Galveston in September 2008. Since that time Galveston has been awarded 5.6 million and Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery funds. These funds have been used to make repairs and clean up hurricane debris.

After this much funding is been received, why would Galveston need to spend $800,000 to get more funding? The $800,000 will be used to hire a management company. The management company’s responsibilities will be to aid Galveston in wading through the sea of Federal emergency management agency paperwork and documentation.

Galveston is not the first community to have problems getting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money. The city of New Orleans is still chasing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery funding. Cedar Rapids, Iowa citizens are being asked to pay rent for temporary trailers. These are just two incidents of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA placing roadblocks to receiving disaster recovery funds.

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