Feds Reject Aid for Katrina Victims  

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9/5/2005 10:52 am

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Feds Reject Aid for Katrina Victims

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In a Chicago Sun-Times story by Stephanie Zimmermann and Scott Fornek, “A visibly angry Mayor Daley said the city had offered emergency, medical and technical help to the federal government as early as Sunday to assist people in the areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina, but as of Friday, the only things the feds said they wanted was a single tank truck.”

"We are ready to provide more help than they have requested. We are just waiting for their call," said Daley, adding that he was "shocked “that no one seemed to want the help.”

Daley said the city offered 36 members of the firefighters' technical rescue teams, eight emergency medical technicians, search-and-rescue equipment, more than 100 police officers as well as police vehicles and two boats, 29 clinical and 117 non-clinical health workers, a mobile clinic and eight trained personnel, 140 Streets and Sanitation workers and 29 trucks, plus other supplies. City personnel are willing to operate self-sufficiently and would not depend on local authorities for food, water, shelter and other supplies, he said.

My mind is severely boggled. These are trained personnel with the requisite equipment and the means to do their job without straining the local resources and the federal government says, “No thanks”. I don’t understand.

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