Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fla. storm victims complain of red tape - Yahoo! News

Fla. storm victims complain of red tape - Yahoo! News: "Some victims of the severe storms that hit Florida complained of delays and red tape Monday as they sought disaster aid, despite assurances from federal officials that the government had learned from its response to Hurricane Katrina."

FEMA wants over $300M in Katrina aid back - Yahoo! News

FEMA wants over $300M in Katrina aid back - Yahoo! News: "n the neighborhood
President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time.

Now the government wants back a lot of the money it disbursed across the region.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has determined nearly 70,000 Louisiana households improperly received $309.1 million in grants, and officials acknowledge those numbers are likely to grow."

Monday, February 05, 2007

Tampa Bay Newspapers : Front Page

Tampa Bay Newspapers : Front Page : "Cash donations needed
Killer tornadoes leave path of destruction
PINELLAS COUNTY – The death count rose to as many as 20 on Sunday, as officials continued to assess the damage from three killer tornadoes that tore through central Florida early Friday morning.

As of Saturday night, the state medical examiners office had confirmed 15 deaths, and the National Weather Service’s preliminary damage surveys reported 20 known deaths attributable to at least three separate tornadoes.

Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency on Friday for Lake, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties due to the massive destruction caused by the storms. President George Bush on Sunday signed a federal declaration of emergency for the same counties."