April 16, 2013 |
If the highest goal of fiscal reform is to reduce spending and better the lives of Americans, here's an idea that fits the bill: Improve the way the federal government responds to the growing number of natural disasters. Natural disasters have become increasingly costly to the United States, both in terms of the toll they take on American communities and in the direct costs of mounting a federal response. The federal government spent about $150 billion on relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and has so far committed about $60 billion for Superstorm Sandy.
November 1, 1992 |
Two months after Hurricane Andrew twisted this city and much of the surrounding area into the ruins of what is called the worst natural disaster ever to strike the United States, the patient is on the mend. Electrical power has been almost completely restored, about 30% of businesses are open and, with the tents and field kitchens gone, the park across from City Hall could soon see a baseball game again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1992
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a relaxation of eligibility rules to give more food stamp aid to Los Angeles riot victims. The move came three days after the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and two other public interest attorney groups filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming the federal government was illegally denying the assistance.
March 4, 2007 |
President Bush handed out hugs to people in Alabama and Georgia who survived killer tornadoes, and he mourned the 20, including eight high school students, who died. "Out of this rubble will emerge a better tomorrow," Bush said. He climbed over piles of concrete, insulation, broken glass and textbooks at the shattered high school in Enterprise, Ala. Be strong and set an example for the other 1,200 students, he told the student government president and three others.
September 3, 1992 |
While the federal government was taking heat over its handling of the Hurricane Andrew relief effort, Taco Bell was working in the kitchen. The Irvine-based unit of Pepsico Inc. rushed a self-contained mobile kitchen to southern Florida, along with several food carts. From them, the company is handing out free bean and beef burritos and soft drinks to hungry hurricane victims at Red Cross shelters.
May 1, 1991 |
A powerful typhoon battered densely populated Bangladesh for more than eight hours Tuesday, killing at least 1,000 people and leaving millions homeless. About 5,000 fishermen were reported missing. State-run television said at least 800 people were killed in the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and Bhola when 20-foot waves whipped up by 145-m.p.h. winds swept ashore.
October 12, 1989 |
Even the experts are shaken by disaster. Mory B. Framer has been experiencing mild symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder since he visited South Carolina in the days after Hurricane Hugo. "I'm still having images of trees snapped in half," said the Westside psychologist, who went to Charleston to teach local counselors and therapists how to deal with the emotional aftermath of the devastating storm.
November 18, 2001
The American Red Cross' offer to refund any donations that some contributors want returned showed evidence of a great organization (Nov. 13). It is one for which I am proud to be a local volunteer, along with many who respond to disasters that happen locally. I know that what happened in New York and at the Pentagon struck horror in all of us. I was able to participate in volunteering for the Red Cross at the Pentagon, and to me it was a way to try to make things right. Many people donated blood or services, and many, many others donated money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1994 |
Because of the continuing threat of mudslides, the deadline for people affected by the fire last fall to apply for disaster aid has been extended to April 26. Rain-related problems in Laguna Beach, Malibu and other areas where soil erosion is a concern prompted federal officials to extend the filing period for disaster relief, which was originally scheduled to end last Friday.