Overall Comments #1 - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Katrina Response Poll

Overall Comments #1

 

  • The Red Cross Needs a new leader
  • I think the media has done a great job- but the National media acts like New Orleans was so much more devastated than the Mississippi Coast- at least New Orleans is still there- ask the people of Waveland when they can return to their homes. 
  • The red cross is sorry in making constant changes and not helping those that lost food regardless how minor we suffered too and someone should help those that can't get food stamps because of income and don't have insurance.
  • When FEMA said they would help us they never did.
  • I think the Red Cross aid has been badly handled for everyone that needed help. .My husband and I are on Social Security and we needed the aid- but now they are not helping the ones that really need it.
  • I have never seen a worse blunder- especially by The Red Cross- since I served Mississippi and the country I love in Vietnam in 1969.
  • The people in Simpson co doesn’t matter . I know other places are worse than we are but IM a single mother on disability and I do good to play my bills . but no one cares about the poor people so we have to live with what ever happens and deal with  the be.
  • I think we've had enough of them for one season!
  • Think More Adjusters Are Needed. Fema Needs To Be More Helpful.
  • the red cross agency.  after weeks of waiting for the lines to get shorter as the red cross suggested- I make an application today. the man had a nasty saying
  • why didn't you come earlier. also black males are taking advantage of the situation.
  • I think the Red Cross have done an appalling job- I am not surpassed donors of money are thinking twice about donating in the future.
  • as I was saying earlier some locals have husbands or wives with medical condition and only one person working and trying to make a life but need help and can not get nothing. what about these people? who will help us? no one will.
  • we are the poor.
  • from all the benefits and charities - where do you think all the money is  going to?--  and how is it accounted for? if you can please set us know ---thank you---- a concerned giver.
  • I think that they really need to look at the big picture because so of our people are elderly living on a fixed income and all the states that were considered disaster areas needed to have emergency food stamp assistance and that our elderly on fixed incomes. 
  • Do not start something you can't keep up. Playing with people lives is not good. their are some people that work-and could not stand in long lines or stay up all night and day.
  • I know this is hard on everyone. The lack of communication  about what Fema will do or want do-is enough to drive you nuts. I know people that just lost food and got 1-200.00  from red cross. We lost everything.
  • God is trying to tell us something!
  • Thank God for the Southern Baptist Church and their relief efforts.  They were first-responders in so many Gulf Coast communities.
  • I believe  that we were all caught of guard and those like me that had been through hurricane Camille and that it was a category 5 but soon after hit land became a tropical storm. But believe Katrina was like a wake up call to us all.
  • Our government has done an outstanding job.  There is always room for improvement- however I am extremely proud of Mississippi.  The relief efforts are not only the governments responsibility but also our responsibility.  Thank you to all that helped.
  • I have really been disappointed in the Red Cross.
  • I think everyone was overwhelmed by the storm and the fact that individuals find anything to complain about is absolutely repulsive. Those are the very individuals who make it hard for everyone else.
  • When an organization like the Red Cross insists on cash rather than supplies- a RED Flag should go up.  When stores and banks are closed or destroyed- money becomes a worthless secondary reinforcer.  This agency has a long history of being  untrustworthy.
  • I think it stinks to only help those people who do not work-who can sit in lines all day and those who really need help cannot get help.  I think the government and especially the federal should look into why people in Lincoln county could not get food help.
  • I think all responders and all hurricane relief efforts have done and performed to the best of their ability in such an unprecedented and widespread disaster.
  • The American Red Cross is doing the best they can given all circumstances. No other organization is stepping up to the task except them. The media is showing more examples of displeasure with the ARC than anything else. This is unfair and inaccurate.
  • I think it stinks to only help those people who do not work-who can sit in lines.
  • the response to give aid to the elderly was not adequate.  my wife and I both are diabetics and I have cancer we were not able to stand in line to get assistance could not get through on the phone so we missed out.
  • Please ask for all of us in Copiah Co. "Where was everyone when we needed help in Crystal Springs ? We had nothing- no food- water- gas or electricity and still no one came to our aid." Shame on all of you for being so heartless.
  • Smith County was without any help for too long- even when the county got help- it was not available for people out in the rural areas without means of traveling the 10 - 15 mile trip.
  • DURING THE WEEKS WITHOUT POWER-  WE PURCHASED A GENERATOR AND CHAINSAW- TO GET RID OF THE TREES IN THE YARD AND TO SAVE WHAT FOOD.  IT TOOK MY ENTIRE PAY CHECK TO PURCHASE THOSE IDEMS- AND FEMA SAID THAT MY FAMILY WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF- BUT THEY SAID NO.
  • To those people taking advantage of red cross donations....... may you never really know what it's like to have lost everything!
  • As Americans we feel secure that we will always be safe from starvation and crime.  Our faith in our government- local and federal- has been shattered along with our pride and the security we felt before we became beggars standing in lines.
  • Both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita left our country lost for words.  We will get back up and start over just like we've always done in the past.  It's just going to take patience and understanding.
  • Yes- I have gone back and forward to different establishments seeking housing assistance.  I have been in Jackson for approximately one month.  No one seems to know where I should go- who I should contact- or even if housing is available for me and my family.
  • new reporter need to check out stories. so many reports were give that are not correct.
  • Nagin should have bussed those people out of New Orleans with those school buses that had flooded and he should have evacuated 48 hrs earlier.
  • I feel that too many people who did not need aid received aid.  The "gimme" syndrome is still alive and well in Mississippi.  Thanks and prayers to the "givers" who volunteered and helped with out being asked!
  • It could have been organized
  • People are being treated like animals.  I can't get any disaster relief from no where.  I can't even get one time food stamps.  These organizations are confuse as if they do not know what they are doing.    It's not fair!
  • The hurricane was not the President's fault. Why does the news media insist on blaming him for it..   The Governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans was responsible for most of the mess in New Orleans.  They could take lesson from our Governor.
  • I feel MS has handled things well so far. I can't say the same about N.O.'s local and state Gov.
  • The churches- Crossgates Baptist and Christ United have run circles around the aiding in those in need than the Red Cross could/would ever think of helping.  The Red Cross is only adding to the misery.
  • Have better check and balances.  People receiving benefits should be the Head of the household.
  • I feel that the MISSISSIPPI Gulf Coast residents who still have jobs and interests in the Coast have been left out: no homes- no money from FEMA- Red Cross- National Media coverage.  While others have received plenty- they still suffer the most.
  • Red Cross need to come back to Copiah county because several people did not receive disaster assistance like me.
  • I HOPE THEIR WILL NOT BE THIS MUCH TROUBLE IN GETTING PEOPLE THE HELP THAT THEY NEED WHEN DISASTER STRIKES AGAIN
  • OUR INSURANCE AGENT  WITH ALLSTATE GAVE US A CLAIM NUMBER STATED WITHOUT EVEN SEEING OUR (SLAB NO HOUSE LEFT) THAT ALLSTATE WOULD PROBABLY NOT COVER OUR LOSS EVEN THOUGH WE HAD HURRICANE AND STORM COVERAGE AND THAT WE SHOULD CONTACT FEMA. NO RESPONSE
  • The amount of moneys from the red cross to citizens in the tri county area will total over 3  million dollars.  Where is the damage and how are these people getting all this money.
  • Hopefully- the government will respond more quickly next time and there will be a next time. I think we all learned from this.
  • FEMA is by far the WORST federal agency I have EVER dealt with- including the IRS
  • The federal gov't was not the proper agency to make first respond. State and local is primary and must ask the federal agency for assistance.
  • I applaud Gov. barbour's response.  because of his leadership and coordination- Mississippi did not have the chaos that Louisiana did.  this storm showed us that we cannot rely on the government to take care of us.  people need to assume responsibility .
  • How come you can't reach the red cross for help but you can get them if you want to give. 
  • Let me remind YOU- New Orleans isn't the only city effected be Katrina
  • The media needs to get off the whole New Orleans scenario.  Sick and tired of hearing about how they have suffered when the MS coast suffered as much or worse.
  • FEMA did a fantastic job for me.  Personally I don't understand anyone's criticism of them.  It could be that I applied early and did it right.                                                                                                                
  • Robert Latham and MEMA are to be commended.  JOB WELL DONE
  • I suggest disaster relief orgs. initiate pre-evacuation vouchers to encourage evac. to the poor and elderly and offer tax incentives to private businesses to help in the evacuation process for the poor and elderly.
  • I feel that the local media had more to say about N.O. versus Mississippi.  No one was prepared for what happened and hopefully we will learn form what did and didn't happen.  We as individuals need to be prepared to take care of ourselves for a few days
  • Bless all of those who made it and those who did not- let this be a lesson for things to come.
  • United States citizens have suffered a tremendous loss of family life- income and home. FEMA and the Red Cross are very insensitive to our need to return to normalcy.
  • No more New Orleans and find people with a good story.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Why does it take a disaster to get the U.S. and our people together when we are in danger? Why can't we just be one? We should help each other in good and bad situations regardless of the  circumstances. We as Americans should remember that!!!
  • FEMA's online application is confusing. There were mistakes on mine and there is no way to get through to FEMA to correct it.
  • The news media- including those in MS- have overlooked the small towns in favor of covering New Orleans- Biloxi and Gulfport.  As a result- the aid agencies have gone where the media are and small towns are left wanting and in need.
  • the red cross needs too help the people who lost all their food when the power was off. lots of people don’t get help because they make too much. police officers lost a lot too but you don’t see people beating down the doors too help them out
  • I hope we learned from Katrina and will be better prepared after this.
  • I think there is a lot of fema and red cross fraud with little oversight.
  • I think that Bush & Barbour did an excellent job!! God bless both of them! I do think that more attention should be paid to less fortunate people  and to the animals next time though. They are living beings- too!
  • There "should" be no finger pointing... Get in there and get the job done.  What a waste of human effort to take people to court over Mother Nature.... No one could have stopped anything from happening.. Each Person take responsibility for themselves.
  • I've heard it said that this event has brought out the best and the worst in humanity.  I agree.  The seems to be little middle ground. I'm so proud of the "best" and so ashamed of the "worst".  God- help us help them.
  • I will continue to pray for those victims and pray that  during the rest of hurricane season that more people don't loose their lives.
  • I think elderly people like my husband and me should get consideration.
  • I gave the media an F- but that does not apply to local media or local public radio.  They were wonderful!
  • we will have more
  • The national media was ridiculous while reporting fromNew Orleans- and where was the national coverage of the destruction in South Mississippi. I have spoken with people from the Northern part of the U.S. and they did not know the damage in Mississippi.
  • The Red Cross if you are white gives you a list of numbers to contact for assistance and sends you on your way.  They and FEMA are a joke.  Filled out a application with FEMA got a denied letter mailed the next day- not even a inspection of the property.
  • It is very clear that  we are ill prepared to deal with hurricanes of this magnitude  that affected so many!
  • The system needs to be re-evaluated by the people that are being abused by it. 
  • Most people have been truly wonderful- especially the volunteers from the other states -- from Oregon- Georgia- Florida- Minnesota -- we have experienced help from these states' volunteers.
  • God bless the people of Mississippi for being strong.
  • it was very slow. the government was very slow responding and really hate the fact that a lot of people died the did have to. I hate that that people that need the help can not get it. they need to understand that everybody has suffered.
  • I would like to point out that since our state is a majority rural area- future planning should include going into the communities or areas off the beaten path.
  • The coast will be back!
  • I don't feel that it is right that the red cross will not help the people of Jackson . I also feel that there should be some help for people that opened their homes up to families affected by hurricane KATRINA.
  • I thought all the utilities including energy did a excellent job getting everyone’s power back into service ASAP.
  • Typical republican/conservative response in New Orleans from the federal Bush administration...don't care about the poor- suffering- or downtrodden. Only interested in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer...philosophy of greed- hoarding
  • The hurricane was a blow to the "spoiled" citizens of our neighborhood who- like me- take  a lot of conveniences for granted. Thank God for Katrina (with a small "k")
  • Local and state media coverage was great.  National coverage was nonexistent and totally focused on New Orleans.  Local individuals rose to the occasion as the real heroes.
  • One of our county supervisors- Bobby Rushing- was telling certain people in the Red Cross line to lie & tell them they had structural damage if they wanted to go home with a check. This happened yesterday in Bassfield.
  • I am proud of Mississippi ’s response
  • The hurricane really scared me now that I know where my county falls on the priority list of officials in Mississippi.  WLBT helped me a lot due to a battery powered TV.
  • Mike Brown is an idiot.
  • there needs to be more plans to cover different scenarios for this type of disaster.
  • FEMA DENIED MY CLAIM AND I HAD A HALF A TREE ON MY HOUSE. ALSO FEMA IS GIVING PEOPLE WITH NO DAMAGES $2000 FOR FOOD LOST OR NO LOST- JUST PLACING MONEY IN PEOPLES ACCOUNTS.
  • People have "stepped up to the plate" to help others and we haven't yet seen the good that will come of this tragedy. I am proud to be an American!!
  • Why isn't the media covering the ungratefulness of the evacuees?  Among the people used to living off the government's assistance there is no appreciation of any efforts made on their behalf.  They have destroyed/damaged/trashed shelters and rest stops.
  • I think that during this terrible ordeal- many people took advantage of "handouts."  If blame is to be placed it should be placed on the mayor and the governor of New Orleans.
  • Please re-read my response about the American Red Cross.  It is a travesty what has happened.
  • I think Mississippi is doing a great job pulling together and helping others.
  • I THINK ALL INVOLVED WERE NOT PREPARED FOR SUCH A DISASTER.  IT IS SOMEWHAT UNDERSTANDABLE THAT THEY DROPPED THE BALL.  I JUST HOPE THEY ARE BETTER PREPARED IF GOD FORBID SOMETHING WORSE SHOULD HAPPEN.
  • Bush is making all his trips to Mississippi out of guilt he must have with the way he handled Louisiana . I think he needs to know what a failure he is as our Leader
  • I am proud of the people of Mississippi and especially our Governor. I have heard more people talk about how the people in our state have displayed a "can do" attitude rather than whine and complain.
  • Too many people are taking advantage of the Red Cross that do not need the help.
  • I have opted to no longer watch Channel 3 because of the negative press they have given to those persons who are attempting to provide relief - specifically the Red Cross.  Your lead-ins before commercials to entice viewers to watch are negative
  • I do not think New Orleans should be rebuilt at the existing location. The cost of correcting present weaknesses will be prohibitive.
  • The US government and ranking law enforcement officials in New Orleans should be investigated and held responsible for the negative repercussions suffered by the people of New Orleans . MS agencies responded more efficiently during the time of the disaster
  • God Help use if we have to do this again. Because we were not ready and they haven't learned a thing
  • The media needs to focus on MS more.  LA seems to have taken all the attention. 
  • There needs to be some focus on Jones County- Forrest County and Perry County damage.
  • to respond to the people needs in a more timely manner.
  • Our elected officials sure let us ride this disaster out all alone. Think any of them could have done without ice  for days and days?????
  • Attorney general. He needs to keep his mouth closed about price gauging if he doesn't know the facts. I would also like to say thank you for everybody that has helped
  • Our state officials -The  red cross-and Fema ask the people of Mississippi if you have a place to stay and are ok. to let the see to the Homeless and really hurt first. Well-Now all the help is cutting out .Simpson county got left out Where's  Our  Help  !!!!
  • There will be quite a few disaster victims that will be left out from receiving any relief because of those who have fraudulently claimed and received without really needing.
  • Red Cross should be ashamed of itself and I hope they lose monetary support from people after this is all over.  They ARE NOT HELPING THE ONES WHO NEED THEM and they treat the elderly and disabled like animals.
  • Red Cross has been impossible to reach. I am very disappointed in the Red Cross response. They need to do something different- so that people can reach them.
  • people are hurting and want cash/food/shelter answers. they don't need another
  • 800 # or another stunt pulled by organizations who claim to be there to help but do little but the same stupid procedural junk.
  • RED CROSS SHOULD NOT HAVE CUT BENEFITS OFF TO CERTAIN PEOPLE. BUT PEOPLE WHO ABUSED SITUATION HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED AID.
  • Most of  the Mississippi evacuees showed character and common sense and MS officials did a good job.  The LA official totally dropped the ball.  Most of the LA evacuees did little to help themselves & the media only spoke to the complainers.
  • Will NEVER support Red Cross again. FEMA Should be ashamed. I am registered voter. Am disabled American Veteran. I gave all to my Country-and they have abandoned me
  • That we keep Mississippi in the media & updates daily so that relief will continue & just not stop: That there is a check & balance system in place for all donations & that they truly go to the ones that need it:
  • One thing I don't think is right- is that people that were affected by Katrina- are still trying to get help from Red Cross & they are being sent away.  People from Rita are coming to MS & getting help before people hit by Katrina(1 month ago).
  • It is indeed sad that so many people  should not have lined up for giveaways simply because someone was giving money away and not because they needed it.
  • Disgusting!!!
  • Mississippi was ignored in favor of a story that was over hyped for political purposes.  New Orleans was not the only place affected.  Haley Barbour was outstanding .  The governor of La. could take lessons from him.
  • We were instructed by Red Cross to be patient- call the 800 number-  the money would not run out.  I could not afford to miss work to stand in line at an assistance center.  We were without power for 11 days/lost all refrigerated and frozen food.
  • the officials in Jackson co. did an outstanding job  mississippians should be proud Louisiana can waller in their own mess  mississippians are of a different mold.
  • YES MY AUNT APPLIED ONLINE FOR THE RELIEF FROM FEMA AND SHE RECEIVED HER $2000.00. THEN SHE IS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT SHE CALLED AND CALLED FEMA ABOUT
  • WHETHER OR NOT TO CASH THE CHECK AND THEY SAID MA'AM THE CHECK IS YOURS CASH IT. NOW SHE DID NOT APPROV
  • IF THE REDCROSS IS GOING TO HELP SOME PEOPLES THEY NEED TO HELP ALL THAT NEED HELP.I HAVE BEEN GIVING MONEY TO THE REDCROSS FOR MANY YEARS NOW THEY WANT HELP ME.
  • I have never been so proud to be a Mississippian as I have been over the past month.  We are such a gracious- loving people who give beyond what would be considered "enough".  The volunteers from other states are truly giving people and I wish them love.
  • God Bless Mississippi.
  • Citizens need to wake up to the quality of the politicians that they elect.
  • The question asking which race I belong to is wrong and out of line.                            
  • help us we wouldn’t be asking if we DIDNT need it.
  • The Red Cross is a joke.  With nearly a billion dollars collected nationally already- they still can't get their act together one month after Katrina!
  • I would like to thank EVERYONE involved with helping the residents of the Mississippi gulf coast for all that they are doing to help us rebuild our lives.
  • Red Cross needs to treat everyone the same. They gave to some & not to others that were experiencing same problems. They tell us to wait & to let the ones with major damage get help first & that everyone would be helped. Now they are saying  no help for us.
  • YOU PAY TAXES  & HAVE A SSN. YOU SHOULD GET HELP & MONEY.  WHY  is ins. co. slacking & not paying out on damages you have?
  • Keep this hurricane in peoples memories-so often they forget.
  • All officials did a good job except the Governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans.
  • The Red Cross has continued to supply confusing and deceitful information to the public.  They have changed their policy for assistance several times costing our adult children time from work- gas and other additional expenses.  Please look into it.
  • How is it that red cross centers get to make their own decisions on who they  help at each center? Some counties have centers but don't help people from other counties....Lincoln co now makes pike co people have pictures of their damage.
  • A lot of residents in Adams county- will not give to the red cross- because it  will not help it residents- and if you ask for help they try to make you feel ashamed for asking for-help. And say we are not helping you.
  • The response has been terrible.  I wish the media would tell us how to get help rather than report on who is/isn't getting it.  Also- FEMA needs open the on-line registration without the junk of trying to decode a message before they will let you register.
  • When I was denied aid because of my zip code- the Red Cross gave me a number to call.  The number they gave me told me to call the number that I had just spent days trying to get through.  I hate the Red Cross and they can kiss my ass.
  • The Red cross has been very inconsistent with there relief efforts.  I have never witnessed such a state of confusion and disorganization from a source that have been around for so long.  They have let the American people down.
  • I can't believe we are blaming the storm and its aftermath on the government!?
  • You know FEMA said they would give your money back to you if had bought a generator. Well we had to buy one cause I have a 3 mth old daughter who was just miserable during to power outage. FEMA said they could not help.
  • We did not have water or ice in Camden-  lost all of our food- have no money to replace it.  Was turned down by FEMA and Red Cross about replacing our food.  It is frustrating and now we don’t know how we are going to make it.  We have one income.
  • That ALL people should be served- you mostly have the elderly in the city of
  • Jackson and some received assistance and some did not.  THIS IS NOT FAIR.
  • I feel that we did the best we could and are now more prepared. A lot of lessons were and are still being learned.
  • I am proud of the Governor's "on hands" full response to this disaster. He was there from before it happened throughout.
  • "if you're not part of the solutions- then- you're part of the problem.  This was done by nature.  Channel 3 needs to realize and report that the Red Cross is a charity- not the government. They can help victims and should not help people who lost food.
  • I knew some how that Katrina was coming in to MS five days before it did. I think that our whole system needs to be prepared at all times for anything from Hurricanes to terrorist attacks.  Many people had a job to do- but- I think they were too slow.
  • Red Cross has been horrible and the news coverage from national television just covering on New Orleans is just wrong.
  • Who on the local level is deciding what counties are considered disaster counties?
  • if the red cross is going to help one person from the leake county then they should help all from leake county.
  • Heartfelt thanks to all who have brought water- ice- food- cleared our roads- restored power and phone service- brought gas- and patrolled our neighborhoods and waterways to keep us safe. We especially appreciate the National Guard and Navy CBs.
  • The response sucked all the way around.  It does not matter now who was at fault...just FIX IT....this WILL happen again and by then the response system should be perfect- the opposite of the response for Katrina.
  • Glad to hear they have allowed casinos to rebuild on land.  Mississippi needs tourists attractions.  And needs the tax revenue.                                                                                                                               
  • disappointment.
  • yes fema and red cross  did a bad job  helping people  I will never give to the red cross any more  or salvation army either  for what they have did to people  at this time.
  • Allow Engineers to build storm surge gates at mouth of Lake Pontchartrain ASAP. 
  • Federal law prohibits  use of active Armed Forces in disaster relief unless specifically requested by governor of affected state.  The media should make this fact known.
  • We need a plan.  A good one.  A fast one.  One that works.  And we need it now!!! 
  • I had to purchase a generator- requested FEMA to reimburse a week ago and have not gotten a response yet. I lost all of my food and as of right now- I have plenty of ice to eat- but NO food and NO $$ to purchase any. Was told no help from Red Cross.
  • If it wasn't for the churches and nonprofit organization- the victims would not have been assisted promptly after the hurricane.  Thank you to those organizations.
  • Yes- Why is it that Red Cross helped some families but not others? I was on hold with Red Cross for two hours after trying the 800 number for several weeks.
  • I finally spoke to an operator- she informed me that they were no longer assisting families.
  • I feel that  ms. did what they could . Like I said we were dealing with a major disaster that affected 3 states. which one of those states is never mentioned on the news. (Ala.) I think we all just need to put all the blaming aside and help everyone.
  • The media has done a great disservice to the many people devastated by the hurricane.  I realize u are all liberals but white people and business owners were devastated too.  Business that employed WHITE and BLACK people that now don't have jobs.        
  • Don’t rebuild the casinos. Everybody talks about all the money lost- they never talk about all the family’s destroyed because of casinos. Now that’s a fact!!!!
  • The response time of the government was horrendous and slow. 
  • I don't understand why with New Orleans 20 feet below sea level the city didn't have an evacuation plan for the citizens already in place.
  • Red Cross money  is not getting to the right people.  We suffered no major losses in our area yet people are collecting sums of (free??!!)money just because they live in our zip code area.  These people were merely inconvenienced.  This is not right!
  • why is so little said about ms.
  • My main response is going to be about the Red Cross.  I don't understand how they can leave so many people hanging in the balance.  They were in Copiah County for a short time and didn't even come close to helping everyone that needed it.
  • Shame- shame- shame.  Please note how the poor in Florida have been treated in the aftermath of hurricanes.  At least bring the Guard home from Iraq.
  • The Red Cross has disappointed me in the fact that they took a lot of money from donors and did not check claims.  Many people got money that was undeserved. 
  • The people that filed these claims with the Red Cross are a shame to society.
  • Disaster planning needs to include those of the natural kind.  Someone with experience and the ability to problem solve needs to be REHIRED at FEMA.  Political posturing should never be put before human need.,
  • The Red Cross told me I qualified for help- but when I got there they said because I was living in my damaged home they wouldn't help me.  The Red Cross should be d, isbanded and prosecuted for fraud and embezzlement of the US public.  They are useless.
  • Please use information from these hurricanes to learn how to respond to the next one- for there will be another one.
  • Overall- Mississippi and their organizations- churches- and people responded very well to this disaster.
  • well in 2003 we lost everything we owned to a flood and we are still rebuilding our lives and to all the people out there. the lord will pull you through- it will take you a while- but the most important thing is that you are here to tell your story-
  • We should thank God everyday for the things we have and not be greedy in times of disaster. and help the people black and white that have homes destroyed.
  • I just feel like  there should not be a  blame game. lets just get these places back on their feet then deal with the slow responses later so this won't happen again. We have too many politician worried about being re-elected.
  • communication and organization-- I know that is hard to do with power and phones out but something needs to improve in getting this done better
  • Bush mishandled this disaster very poorly and no one in Washington get it yet
  • Yes I have a 39648 Zip Code and finally was able to get in a Red Cross line in
  • Monticello- only to be told after I  had been in line for 6 hours Sunday that because my zip code that I would not get service until Red Cross comes to my home in a  few days.
  • the response time was awful and still is.
  • If the GOV say they are going to help do it- if not don't lie like Don Taylor
  • DHS could care less about you are any one.
  • God Bless GOV Barbour - George Bush & all of the people who went above & beyond in this crisis. They  showed the world the best of the best is here in MS. Their actions should be applauded & we should all take their lead.
  • Wouldn't know where to begin and know that there is no end to the issues. Still stuck living on unsafe conditions waiting for insurance company and fema. This seems inhumane. Paying taxes- insurance premiums and serving in wartime- for what?
  • I am very proud of the way the state of Mississippi and its people have responded to this disaster.
  • people that admitted to me they had no damage have received money without any investigating but people who are trying to abide by the rules but have damage and need help cannot get through on the so called help lines.
  • YES HELP THIS STATE AND PRAY.
  • I AM JUST VERY DISGUSTED WITH THE RED CROSS- THEY WERE NOT PREPARED FOR KATRINA- AND IF THEY WERE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO GIVE OUT MONEY TO EVERYONE- THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE STARTED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.                                                    
  • MY MOTHER STOOD IN LINE FOR R/C ONLY TO LEARN THEY WERE DONE. APPLIED TO FEMA- AND THEY DENIED HER. THE SYSTEM IS SO MISSED UP! 
  • from above- or more. they took this money because it was free- they do not realize that people donate this money it's not free. and people are going without because they took money they didn’t qualify for.
  • Since the tree pulled every line down from my house- Entergy told me that I would have to have an electrician to come out & run a line to the pole ?????
  • That made me angry! Shaw electric ran the wire to the pole & got my power back on :-) with no ??
  • No.
  • I think in the circumstances that the President and other officials have gotten the help to the areas as quickly as possible in some cases & not in some cases.  People seem to think the government should take care of everything and there's no way they can
  • Red cross is a joke.  They gave us a voucher- then pulled out and left.  Some people have to work and can't sit or stand in long lines for their services.  My family is out $1900 this week alone trying to make repairs.  And that is the tip of the iceberg.
  • Organization is the key.  If you have a set amount that you are giving the people with spoiled food- it would have been a faster process to set up a separate line for them to move them out of the way to those that really needed you.  Just a thought.  tired of hearing about new Orleans we were hit much harder and they had all the media attention. Mississippi people handled there own people and problems without any help. 
  • IT WAS NOT FAIR TO THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY HAD DAMAGE COULD NOT GET ASSISTANCE WHEN THERE WERE SOME HAD NO DAMAGE GOT ASSISTANT FOR FOOD AND ETC JUST NOT FAIR RED CROSS NEEDS TO DO BETTER AND FEMA.
  • Response is very slow.  A lot of money coming in from donates- a lot of people not getting any help.  Very slow.  How do you get help from being moderately affected by the storm?  Example- can not pay our rent because of loss of work- could be evicted.
  • I don't think there has been enough said about the jobs that volunteer organizations such as fire departments-churches-etc. have done for the people of their communities.
  • I am disgusted how some people have taken advantage of disaster relief. Those who suffered are paying the price. We the working middle class (poor) have suffered more financially than most people know!!
  • I hope and pray that our country never has to suffer through another disaster as Katrina has been. 
  • THIS DISASTER WAS AN ACT OF GOD AND NOT A FLOOD  AND ALL THESE INSURANCE CO THAT REFUSE TO PAY FOR THIS  SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY DEARLY.
  • I have wasted 3 days of work and probably 2 tanks of gas going back in forth to Raleigh where I was told to go for help and still nothing they told me to go to .
  • Jax well you see it its a joke to.
  • disaster.  If the general country knew that they were only helping a select few then the outpouring of support would not be there.   This is not a new company there is no excuse they could possibly have.
  • I think the Red Cross is unfair to the people of Mississippi you don't just start out helping people and then just stop. It is not  fair if they are going to give help with food for some people that should have to give help to everyone that was affected .
  • Just that I don't think they gave enough help for people in Simpson county. 
  • They didn't have a Red Cross stationed in Simpson we had to go to Smith co. to apply and after that they stopped their relief.
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