Who needs FEMA?

| October 24, 2007

UPDATED 10/24/07 – 1441 PDT

Pulled up from the comments:

I was wondering if you can let everyone know that if they want to give a monetary donation to the American Red Cross, they can do so at the Temecula Costco. 100% of your donation goes to the American Red Cross. Our store manager lost his house in the fire that swept through Rancho Bernardo and our store is doing all they can to help.

From the Sign On San Diego Fire Blog:

San Diego police are asking the public to stop bringing donations to Qualcomm Stadium. Police say they have sufficient supplies at this time for evacuees.

Actually, that announcement has been made several times.

This article from the San Diego Union-Tribune sums up what the public response to this horrific disaster has been:

This is about the givers.
It’s about corporations that have given tens of thousands of dollars to the Red Cross and other San Diego relief efforts.
It’s about faith groups turning their houses of worship into havens from the firestorms.
It’s about companies and individuals bringing trucks and bags filled with supplies badly needed by residents who were forced to flee.
But mostly it’s about the volunteers who could have been anywhere else but where they were yesterday – under the hot sun at Qualcomm Stadium, the ash-filled air of a Red Cross shelter in East County or working all night treating people at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
“When I was little, I always had fantasies of being a hero,” said Malcolm Jones, 18, of La Mesa, who was at Qualcomm Stadium cutting up boxes that had held cots. “It’s not much but it does make a difference in people’s lives.”

Read the whole article.

On the other hand — sadly, but necessarily — the San Diego County District Attorney’s office (PDF file) is warning against charity scams, cleanup/construction scams, price gouging, looting (which appears to have been minimal to date), and unscrupulous lenders. Be sure to read that whole document, too, especially if you live in San Diego and have been affected by the fires. ..bruce..

P.S. The headline is semi-facetious — FEMA has an important role to play, particularly in the aftermath. But I’ve actually run across a few left-wing rants that somehow seek to blame the disaster in San Diego County on FEMA and the Bush Administration, which is just as silly as those who seek to blame it on global warming. California has always suffered from fierce wildfires; I remember a massive one in San Diego County back in 1970 (it rained ashes for a week). The only change since then is that there are now more (and more expensive) homes to burn.

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. crystal says:

    I was wondering if you can let everyone know that if they want to give a monetary donation to the American Red Cross, they can do so at the Temecula Costco. 100% of your donation goes to the American Red Cross. Our store manager lost his house in the fire that swept through Rancho Bernardo and our store is doing all they can to help.

  2. ktcat says:

    You mean you’re not blaming Bush? I’m shocked!

    🙂

    FEMA is not here to help you in the middle of an emergency. YOU are here to help you in the middle of an emergency. Carping because an agency headquartered thousands of miles away hasn’t come by to cart you off to safety seems kind of silly.