Sunday, July 15, 2007

State's storm plan relies on capitalism

State's storm plan does not rely on the government:
"Disaster plan teams state and retailers
Stores, instead of FEMA, counted on to get supplies to the scene early

By TERRI LANGFORD
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

When the next hurricane hits Texas, the Gulf region's recovery time may depend less on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and much more on Wal-Mart, H-E-B, Home Depot and other large retailers.

'If FEMA shows up, good,' said Jack Colley, chief of the Governor's Division of Emergency Management. ''But we're not waiting.'

Call it one more example of the lingering Hurricane Katrina effect, but Colley and his team are looking past the traditional go-through-FEMA-to-get-ice kind of emergency management model."
Just another thing that everyone has recognized the government is not that great at.

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