Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Yes assumptions, but I didn't make any. I just gave my opinion and then I said I hope he's doing something (if he's not already.)
I too loathe assumptions.. they only lead to trouble
But thank you for letting me know about what he's doing. Hopefully the fires can be conquered..
Just a quick note about how disasters are handled here. First and formost, federal aid is provided, but usually has to be formally requested by whatever state is involved. In this case, federal fire fighters are automatically dispatched from Ft. Smith Arkansas, which is in the middle of the country.
Then comes an official federal disaster declaration, which can come from acouple ofr sources - normally from the President or the Secretary of Agriculture. Once that formal declaration is made, it frees up funding for more aid, including FEMA grants, and personal and business disaster loans through SBA. The state will make a disaster declaration also to free their funds, but that is usually on a much smaller scale. If I remember correctly, Obama made the official disaster declaration yesterday in conjunction with his trip to Colorado Springs. I am retired from SBA and have done disaster duty in several locations of the country.
Disaster funds are approved annually, with a bucket of money if you will, allocated to disaster relief. The use of the funds is EXTREMELY political. Senators and Representatives fight to get disasters declared in their districts and states, so their constituents get the money. One might think that the only disaster declarations are for weather and fire related disasters, but there are other types declared as well - again, usually for political reasons. Insect infestation is a common one, and all states have those, but the Congressmen with the most seniority and stroke are the ones that usually get declarations made for those type "disasters"...