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Documents Feed Debate on FEMA Trailers

Federal officials issued trailers to Hurricane Katrina victims even though some workplace safety tests detected high levels of formaldehyde at government staging areas for the structures just weeks after the storm, a lawyer for hundreds of occupants said Wednesday.

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State Posts Clips About Preparedness On YouTube

Hoping to grab an audience it might otherwise miss, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has begun offering clips on YouTube, a Web site known for videos such as "Star Wars According to a 3 Year Old," "Snow Day in Fairfax Virginia Schools" and "1-900-NERD-GIRL."

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Fed Networks Increasingly Under Siege

Richard Westfield acknowledges his small agency, the National Labor Relations Board, doesn’t possess the most sought-after data in government. But that doesn’t mean his agency is not a target for hackers. The agency’s computers are linked to other networks. “Once they have access to the network,” Westfield said, “They can use that as a launch pad to other organizations.”
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Pontiac Mayor Looks for Disaster Aid Reversal

Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy returned in the early morning hours Thursday from his one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby for federal flooding aid. “I wanted to work with our legislators and to make every effort that I could,” he said. “Does it do any good or make a difference? I have no idea, but it can.”

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Change FEMA’s Business Model

Various proposals to reestablish FEMA as an independent agency are well-intentioned, harkening back to the late 1990s when it was politically supported, professionally staffed, and well led. FEMA’s failure was primarily a lack of capacity at the regional and national levels. The old preparedness model, maintaining a skeleton disaster capability and ramping up once disaster strikes, is no longer adequate.

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