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Paul in Houston has a story about local volunteers coming to the aid of the mostly volunteer firefighters who were battling a nearby wildfire, and FEMA’s ham-handed attempts at dictatorially taking over. (As an aside, I have family in Magnolia who knew people who were evacuated from their homes due to this fire.)

One of the imported crews from California came into Unified Command and asked where the FEMA Powerbars and water were. He was escorted to the commissary and started through the system. He was flabbergasted. He said FEMA never did it like this. Kenna replied, ”Well, this is the way we do it in Texas.”

Mind you, all of this was set up by 2 Moms, Kenna and Tara, with a staff of 20 simple volunteers, most of them women who had sons, daughters, husbands, and friends on the fire lines. Someone always knew someone who could get what they needed – beds, mechanics, food, space. Local people using local connections to mobilize local resources made this happen. No government aid. No Trained Expert.

FEMA came in and told those volunteers and Kenna that they had to leave, FEMA was here now. Kenna told them she worked for the firefighters, not them. They were obnoxious, bossy, got in the way, and criticized everything. The volunteers refused to back down and kept doing their job, and doing it well. Next FEMA said the HEB supplies and kitchen had to go, that was blatant commercialism. Kenna said they stayed. They stayed.

Go to Paul in Houston’s site and read more, then follow the link he provides to read still more.

It’s terrible that a business would actually voluntarily provide for people in need at a loss to the business. People might actually be thankful to the business and decide to do more business with it. No, people have to be forced to be thankful to Big Government instead, and vote for more Big Government. It’s terrible that a few amateur volunteers were doing all this work, depriving Federal experts the opportunity to get paid tax dollars to do the job volunteers were doing for free.

No, if government would get out of the way, the local people could get the job done much more efficiently and cost-effectively. Sure, having out-of-state trained people come down and volunteer their time and effort is good and welcome, such as the California firefighters, but volunteerism trumps Government Bureaucracy every single time.
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  1. Good grief. This story is so old and has been declared on one of the “two moms” Facebook page as untrue. CHECK YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU SPREAD THIS JUNK!!!!! Get over your anti-government thing. FEMA doesn’t come in and mess with volunteers. They don’t show up until after a disaster after the governor requests that they come in and assess damages. After the assessment, the information goes to Washington where the higher ups make the decision about the disaster assistance. FEMA comes in for a short time and offers grants to those who qualify and refers those who don’t to the SBA for low-interest loans. They provide help that insurance may not cover. While they are in town, they meet with volunteer groups so the volunteers can continue to help the victims after FEMA leaves. Is FEMA perfect? NO WAY. Does it help a lot of people? YES. Is there more it could do without red tape? DUH! Of course.

    1. By the way, I couldn’t find a public facebook page (or profile page that was open to the public) for either of the women – so how is John supposed to know this and how can we verify what you say is true?

  2. Our family was recently affected by a major flood and I struggled with accepting both FEMA aid and help from our church. We were grateful for both and wish we did not have to rely on the gov’t, but financially, we had no other choice.

    It’s so easy to say, “I would never support big government like that”, but until you go through a natural disaster, your opinions can change. I’m still against government getting involved in every little aspect of our lives, but I think there are legitimate ways the gov’t can also help.

    I actually wrote a post about it called “Fema vs. The Church: A Questionable Competition” http://www.thefeminineintellect.com/biblically-grounded/the-church/fema-vs-the-church-is-it-a-competition/

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