[POLITICS] This from a sociologist friend of me mum's:
Just so everyone understands this. I helped the New York Times with their map from FEMA data of where Katrina victims applied for FEMA benefits. The map ran in September. The data has been shared with a number of academics.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Evangeline Franklin, MD, MPH Director of Clinical Services and Employee Health City of New Orleans indicating that they "urgently needed" the FEMA data that was published in the New York Times. I called up Dr. Franklin, and apparently FEMA had refused to give this data to the City of New Orleans. The City wanted to use it to try to estimate who might return.
Bottom line, FEMA is refusing to share data with the City of New Orleans, even though the New Orleans health department is part of the recovery team.
Andrew A. Beveridge
Professor of Sociology
Queens College and Graduate Center CUNY
Give FEMA once chance to give up the data. If they don't...
Then call a press conference or issue a press release. New Orleans has PR people on staff to draft a release and get it to the right reporters. Make FEMA give you a public answer.
Time is long past due to quit being polite, and to start kicking ass. New Orleans and every other affected area has to realize one thing:
FEMA works for you. NOT the other way around.
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