Friday, September 09, 2005

Rep: FEMA wanted Katrina Victims to Get Aid Online, Not In Person

US Rep. Bobby Jindal, in an interview this morning, complained that he
and others had to fight FEMA's original plan to make $2000 debit cards
available to Katrina survivors only via the Internet and over the phone.
He said they were acting as if the hurricane victims would all somehow
have Internet access or working mobile phones, as if this were just a
routine government transaction. Eventually, FEMA changed their plans and
began to deploy people who would disseminate the cards in person.