A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 20, 2014
“FEMA is the new F-word”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares for and responds to disasters within the United States. FEMA’s response—or lack off response—to several disasters has led to much criticism of the agency.

“FEMA is the new F-word” was said by New Jersey Governor Chris Christiein 2013 and 2014, referring to FEMA’s response to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. “Why is FEMA the new F-word right now?” was cited in print in 2006.


Wikipedia: Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979. The agency’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster. FEMA also provides these services for territories of the United States, such as Puerto Rico. The only exception to the state’s gubernatorial declaration requirement occurs when an emergency and/or disaster takes place on federal property or to a federal asset, for example, the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or the Space Shuttle Columbia in the 2003 return-flight disaster.

Bostn.com - The Savvy Manager
Nonprofit recruitment faces new mission
By Mary Helen Gillespie, 2/21/2006
Why is FEMA the new F-word right now?

Because government agencies, despite their best attempts, often fail at civic engagements.

Twitter
SLABBED
‏@SLABBEDblog
Back in the news - the “f” word from Katrina (FEMA) http://wp.me/pcLYh-6Zu
3:24 AM - 11 Feb 2011

Examiner.com (Chicago Homeland Security Examiner)
Getting the “F” word out of disaster
By Cynthia Hodges
August 20, 2011
(...)
Since Hurricane Katrina slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, one controversial federal agency has become a household name, some describe it as a four letter word - FEMA. Local communities across the country continue to report that FEMA has hindered disaster relief efforts by trying to direct efforts from Washington D.C.

Twitter
Jenna Portnoy
‏@jennaportnoy
“I’ve now learned a new f-word, it’s FEMA,” @GovChristie says at Camden presser. “I knew the old one, as some of you may know.”
11:47 AM - 21 Aug 2013

Summit (NJ) Patch
Chris Christie: ‘FEMA Is the New F Word’
Audience members focus on Sandy, ignore ‘Bridgegate’ in New Jersey governor’s first town hall of the year.

Posted by Jacklyn Corley (Editor) , February 20, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Gov. Chris Christie’s 110th town hall appearance proved to be a relatively subdued one as audience members focused primarily on Sandy recovery.
(...)
“FEMA is the new F word,” Christie said, critiquing the federal government’s handling of the National Flood Insurance Program.

YouTube
Chris Christie: FEMA is the new ‘f-word’
dcexaminer
Published on Feb 20, 2014
Chris Christie: FEMA is the new ‘f-word’

Twitter
Travy Neutron
‏@TravyNeutron
#CNN apparently, “ FEMA” is the new F word. Lol, awesome. Yo, I Femaed the shit out of her last night.
3:18 PM - 20 Feb 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, February 20, 2014 • Permalink