Linnea Ashley on September 30th, 2005

Committee on Homeland Security Democrats Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member For Immediate Release: Contact: Jennifer Porter Gore September 30, 2005 Nadra Harrison 202.226.2616 FEMA Cuts off Expedited Assistance for Hurricane Katrina Victims Decision Leaves Potentially Thousands of Victims Without Survival Funds WASHINGTON–As Hurricane Rita struck the Texas-Louisiana border, the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 29th, 2005

the days are not filled with much noise. mostly quiet desperation. eyes not really focusing on anything until i tell them there is no money coming. fema lied. and then they see me clearly for a moment before stoicism or weeping takes over. for most it is a dazed and quiet walking away. for others […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 28th, 2005

the government giveth and the government screws you over. people are NOT getting their $2000 and people think that is normal and what has been happening all along. IT HAS NOT. i need SOMEONE, ANYONE to make a stink about this. i need fema to be shamed into doing the right thing. for the love […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 27th, 2005

for my part – stupidity played it’s part. my cell phone is gone. i’d like to think i simply misplaced it but i have a sinking suspicion that it was stolen from the office today. i had it out trying to get everyone’s attention about my second rant… fema has STOPPED giving the $2000 the […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 27th, 2005

No more tent city…we finally got rooms at the Hampton inn. Sounds great. Is great. I haven’t slept in such a plush bed in quite some time. Even so…I have to choke back tears or at least a huge sigh of apprehension every time I walk in or out of it.   It is directly […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 26th, 2005

We evacuated today. I haven’t decided if we were being overly cautious or just so…but when we got to the drc (disaster recovery center) at 8:30am, there was a line that wrapped out of the parking lot and down the street. They weren’t for us…we are pretty good at getting people processed and through the […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 25th, 2005

we got lucky….rita, though bad, wasn’t what we feared she’d be. even so, she dumped rain on already saturated land. i’m sure you’ve all seen the news (i haven’t, electricity was out the night and morning of the storm and cable stayed out all day…) but the levees broke or were breached or decided that […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 23rd, 2005

so, i’m sitting in the office of a comfort in in baton rouge. there are about 30 of us…a little less…but about that. combined we have two hotel rooms and a confrence room – a lot of cots and sleeping bags and nervous energy. of course, about a day and a half ago we were […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 22nd, 2005

looks like i’m about to be on the road again…not a plan of mine dear friends, but rita has me on the road again. we just closed our office in st. charles parish where we were processing disaster victims so that they could get money for katrina – then dear rita who was headed for […]

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Linnea Ashley on September 21st, 2005

it was like walking into a nightmare that wasn’t as bad as you’ve had before, but shocks you just the same. and although i cried sporadically and with controlling breaths – as is my way to cry  when things are truly beyond my control – i know that my grief, my loss is small on […]

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