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How many FEMA officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?
      #63198 - Thu Oct 27 2005 12:29 AM

One to announce to the press that for several days FEMA was not even aware of the need for a light bulb.

One to post a phone number, that turns out to always give a busy signal, for hurricane victims to call to report whether they need a light bulb.

One to requisition the light bulbs.

One to put it on a truck and ship it over a five-day period to seven different locations around the US, then pay for it to stay in Atlanta GA for another week.

One to go to the damaged area to announce that FEMA would not be there for at least another week, because the infrastructure was not there to support FEMA (hotel rooms, working restaurants, etc).

One to sit down with hurricane victims to go through the process and paperwork for them to receive a light bulb.

A month for another one to go to the site and make sure the electric socket is set up for the light bulb.

One to finally distribute the light bulb, but with a note saying it could not be opened until another FEMA official came to explain how to use the light bulb, before it could be screwed in.

Please feel free to add any additions that I didn't think of.

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Re: How many FEMA officials does it take to screw in a light bulb? [Re: Margie]
      #63248 - Thu Oct 27 2005 09:07 PM

This pretty well sums it up. Too much red tape with FEMA. Although we did get our evacuation money so that was good.

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