Sunday, December 9, 2012

FEMA, New York's biggest booster. Really.

Photo by Paul Lomatire*. FEMA message also appeared on the
Jumbotron, Times Square and soon at Lincoln Center
By Jane Feehan

Checking in from New York City.

FEMA is operating full throttle to help those  displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy.

Thousands of us are here working 12-14 hours a day, six days a week through the holidays, away from home and loved ones with one thought, one mission: to assist people whose lives have been turned upside down by the super storm.

Despite negative stories the news media seems to thrive upon, FEMA is making a difference. Federal money is pouring in, approaching the billion dollar mark. FEMA doesn't make storm survivors whole again, but is instrumental in laying a foundation for a new start.  Hang in there New Yorkers; it's a long road to recovery. Just ask the Gulf Coast. Survivors of Hurricane Katrina have built back stronger and smarter. So will New York. A new life takes time to launch.
And you in the news media, cut us a break. Please.

* Paul Lomatire, a former reporter for the Palm Beach Post, also writes with Jane Feehan for FEMA.

  Tags: Super Storm Sandy, impacts of Hurricane Sandy in New York, FEMA assistance in New York, New York City  

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