FEMA involvement in Hurricane Katrina
August 27th: Hurricane Katrina was declared a federal state of emergency.
FEMA is allowed to take control of a situation as soon as it has been deemed a federal state of emergency. Before this time, Katrina had already caused a fair amount of damage to Louisiana, which had declared its own state of emergency statewide.
State governor Kathleen Blanco asked Bush to send FEMA aid, which did not appear for about 3 days.
On August 28th, Gov. Blanco issued a mandatory evacuation order.
20,000 people are brought into the Louisiana Superdome.
The elderly, poor, disabled and ill are generally left without an ability to evacuate.
Over 10,000 National Guard members are deployed to aid evacuation and safety measures.
By August 31st, 85% of the city is underwater as the storm comes to an end.
FEMA sends ships, helicopters and other transport into the area.
Michael Brown resigns as director of FEMA due to poor response.
FEMA discusses its surprise at the scale of the disaster.
FEMA is accused of hindering its own operations, including refusing fuel, water and evacuation aid.
FEMA withdraws operations from the area on February 7, 2006, despite many people being left homeless or destitute by the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Fraud becomes rampant in FEMA claims, allowing money to those unaffected while real victims receive nothing.
FEMA, Hurricane Sandy and Fraud
Hurricane Sandy strikes the eastern coast of the United States on October 29th, 2012.
Over 8 million households lose electricity and power.
New York City’s public transportation, tunnels and public spaces are heavily damaged.
200 National Guard members were deployed in NYC alone to aid with evacuation and food supplies.
Approximately 150 people died throughout the U.S. as a result of the storm.
Subways are heavily damaged.
Thousands of people with damaged homes claim insurance money for aid with rebuilding.
Slowly, many people start to realize that they may have received smaller claims than they were owed.
Litigation of insurance companies and FEMA begins. This is where we can help you.