Sandy is Katrina Repeat

How well prepared was the federal government’s disaster recovery agency for the impact of Sandy? About as well prepared as they were for Katrina it appears. Which means not well prepared at all.

Despite the Siena College poll giving high marks to FEMA, the facts on the ground are very different.

See Answers in short supply as exasperated Staten Islanders throng Sandy forum.

Of course, Siena wasn’t able to poll any of the people who are frustrated with FEMA because those people don’t have houses much less telephones!

That exposes the flaw in polling. The positive response reflects news coverage about the event and the news media have largely ignored FEMA’s failures in dealing with Sandy’s victims–in contrast to how they treated FEMA after Katrina.

It’s a self-fulfilling proposition. Tell people FEMA is doing a good job. Then ask them how FEMA is doing! But don’t ask the victims. That would spoil the story.

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