The News Review:
- Bush comments on Katrina sound sour in New rleans
- Keeping home life-support up when power goes out
- Windstorm fund a leading issue at Capitol
- Bush: Stimulus package was needed
- Tornado anniversary
- Hurricane outlook may find energy in La Nina
- FEMA again extends deadline for Ike assistance
Bush comments on Katrina sound sour in New rleans
The Associated Press
Scott Applewhite)Bush comments on Katrina sound sour in New rleansBy BECKY BHRER – 2 hours ago NEW RLEANS (AP) — President George W. Bush can defend the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. But to Gertrude LeBlanc the view from her home in the city’s Lower 9th Ward is all the evidence she needs to believe it was a failure. A row of concrete foundations is all that’s left where her neighbors’ houses once stood. “Bush didn’t give a damn what we got” said the 73-year-old who says she rebuilt her bright yellow house with the neat yard with help from a church group and the “little bit” in federal aid she got from the state-run program meant to help hurricane-affected homeowners Road Home. “To me black folks weren’t handled right but we can’t worry about it.
Keeping home life-support up when power goes out
The Associated Press
“Registries are starting to form — from Benton County Ark. to North Dakota which begins a statewide Web registry this month. A pilot project in northwest hio is giving cards to life-support users to hang in their windows during a flood or tornado signaling to rescuers if they need help or are K. San Diego Gas & Electric says it recently met with each of its 700 known power-dependent customers to discuss emergency plans for outages and offers advance warning when wildfires trigger rolling blackouts. In contrast this is the advice from Idaho’s Public Utilities Commission: “If someone has a power requirement for life and health the individual is responsible for coming up with their own backup plans. “To help people prepare the Food and Drug Administration plans this spring to issue the first checklist for device recipients to receive when leaving the hospital. Emergency workers feel the clock ticking.
Windstorm fund a leading issue at Capitol
Houston Chronicle United States
verall Ike costs could sock state government with a potential $6 billion to $8 billion bill said House Appropriations Chairman Warren Chisum. Some of that impact may be spread over four years because of the way the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is set up to allow insurance companies to seek state tax credits over time Chisum said. Total Hurricane Ike costs are estimated to top $15 billion but the state expects the federal government to cover most of that. Revamping the windstorm fund has been on the minds of some legislators since private companies began pulling away from the Texas coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The fund — replenished in large part by payments from private insurers — became the last resort insurer for homes and businesses in 14 counties. Since Hurricane Ike the windstorm fund has moved into the statewide spotlight. “Certainly we expect the Legislature will take that up very very quickly once they convene” said Jerry Johns president of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service an organization representing the windstorm association and other Texas property insurers.
Bush: Stimulus package was needed
aircraft carrier that the president landed on in 2003 as sending the wrong message. Bush also told reporters the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is an issue he has thought a great deal about. During the conference while recognizing mistakes Bush said the idea the government didn’t respond at all after the hurricane didn’t fit with the reality that 30000 citizens were rescued from homes.
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle TN
I live in Woodlawn so I had no idea any of this was going on until my Aunt had called. My family got up and turned on the televison and by that time the Nashville news was already covering the story. We couldn't believe the mess the tornado had left behind. What was amazing to me was the time that the tornado hit was just before anyone would be moving about downtown and APSU if it had hit just an hour later it would have been complete khaos.
Hurricane outlook may find energy in La Nina
Then on Thursday the National ceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that developing La Nina conditions in the equatorial Pacific are likely to impact the climate in the Northern Hemisphere into at least spring which could set the stage for an above-average hurricane season. Finally insurance rates for coastal property owners will soon start increasing for the third time in four years under an agreement between the state and insurance companies to help cover projected claims from a major hurricane strike. All in all it might not be seen as a good omen for what’s on tap for later in the year when the new hurricane season starts June 1. But meteorologists like economists aren’t fond of predicting too far into the future in this case weather conditions in the tropics come summer. “That’s just too far out to look” said Mike Halpert director of NAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Just two months ago we didn’t think we were going to have La Nina conditions to begin with. “He added that volatility in climate patterns is why the federal government waits until May to come out with its official prediction for the hurricane season.
FEMA again extends deadline for Ike assistance
Houston Chronicle United States
html Federal officials today extended until Feb. 6 the deadline for Texans to ask for housing or other assistance as the region recovers from Hurricane Ike. Today was to have been the last day to apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency but FEMA announced this morning that it was providing more time. The deadline was previously extended from Dec. FEMA provides grants to help pay for temporary housing needs essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
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