Overall Comments #2 - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Overall Comments #2

If there was one thing you could say to government officials in charge of disaster relief or planning, what would that be?

  • Be better prepared!
  • COMMUNICATE BETTER AND RESPOND QUICKER ALSO COORDINATE WITH LOCAL- PRIVATE RELIEF AGENCIES SUCH AS CHURCHES TO SEE HOW THEY DO IT SO WELL...WITHOUT THE CONFUSION AND HEADACHES!
  • Keep up the good work
  • Do a better job.
  • The officials in New Orleans need to get their act together and have a plan of action and do some considerable work on the levee system.
  • Talk to each other
  • Get the people some relief from the coast or get red cross organized- get organized in Jackson and quit changing locations- make everything reported clear on TV Please type your response here
  • Need faster response for all concerned plus those that have no insurance and have minor damages like food lost due to power outages have losses too.  We are disabled and spent money sweat and labor in putting up vegetables for the winter that are now gone.
  • to get their stories straight the first time
  • We need less bureaucracy- the Homeland Security Department is a mess.  FEMA was better when it operated on its own.  Please put people in charge who know what they are doing- not Arabian Horse people who donated heavily to the Bush campaign.
  • Get on the same page and eliminate the slow response and ignorance. PLEASE PREY FOR THE RED CONFUSION & THE  TOLL FREE LINE TO NOWHERE!! ( 1-800-975-7585) THEY ARE USELESS!
  • To all government officials in the State of Mississippi- nice job.   For those in the state of Louisiana- be looking for a new job.
  • it shouldn't be who yells the loudest  who gets the help. There should be help for everyone who needs it 
  • have one agency in charge- have that agency answer all directives
  • Organize things a little better- let people know what is going on with the relief effort- not leave everything to the grapevine (i.e. word of mouth)
  • that local people have suffered too. a lot of local people lost there food or other needful things but could not get the help they needed. a lot of local are on fixed income but still can not get food stamps. or they have husbands or wives who have medical problems
  • have gas trucks parked at service stations along evacuations routes-such as interstates and major highways- before the call for evacuation
  • If they are going to help some people then at some point change their direction in the middle of their helping plan it is not fair that some are going to get the help and others get turned away.
  • Someone thinking of people is not God way of thinking-every one should be treated the same. When God said let my people go-He said it just like  he meant it-let my people go- no race no color-How can we forget and move on-when we are still being untreated
  • we would just like to know if fema is going to help us get another home or not
  • some one should have given more notice of just how bad this storm would be.
  • Good Job George Bush and Haley Barbour.  Thank God these are our leaders.
  • After hurricane Rita I would like to say to government officials don't forget us in Mississippi that still need help.
  • Why has no one commended Tyson Foods for all of their relief efforts?  They supplied & served over 1 million meals- tons of ice- and many truckloads of water since Katrina hit and I have not heard anyone publicly thanking them for their efforts.
  • You really need to get organized make a plan and stick to  it- don't change every other day.
  • have a plan for a disaster
  • Look up the terms urgent- immediate- prompt- "as soon as possible-" critical need- etc.   Attending to the needs of the rescued is equally emergent as continuing to rescue.  Utilize common sense or get out of the way of those capable of same.
  • were was the help for people who are low income and had no help what so ever. 
  • My family tried to apply for food assistance and could not get any help because our county was not declared a disaster county- but people help get food stamps was doubled.
  • Common sense 
  • Before you give handouts to everyone make sure they are really in need.  My parents are elderly and have been denied assistance from everyone.  My dad has cancer- they both are diabetics and need help.
  • Thanks much for your support and prayers.  I think the President has the right idea about our armed forces being the first responders in a disaster
  • check on the elderly in the rural areas/make sure they have the p roper needs
  • I would rather not say anything to them. They are all fake and only act as though they care because of how close the news media is watching them. They only want to help their selves.
  • Remember all the little communities need help just as much as the larger places do.
  • try and be more prepared but I think you have done a great job and are still doing good----don’t pay attention to the media and politicians  keep working to help those  folks
  • WHY ARE MISSISSIPPIANS GETTING LESS HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT (FEMA) THAN ANY OTHER STATE THAT HAS EVER BEEN AFFECTED BY A HURRICANE-  ESPECIALLY THE LOWER INCOME PEOPLE THAT THEIR HOME INSURANCE ISN'T COVERING EVERYTHING THEY NEED OR NEEDED TO SURVIVE?
  • We are people- not cattle 
  • More info on relief. When relief is offered - such as emergency food stamps it shouldn't  be for 2 days and then they are gone.
  • In my opinion- each county should have a Emergency Management Center equipped with enough power- water- food and communications equipment to sustain a crew of people for at least 48 hours and be able to contact help from the state.
  • Remind the state and local governments that they too are responsible for their citizens.
  • No official information received.. at any level... We had a curfew- but I never heard it officially.  do a better job of keeping us informed.
  • Why learn from mistakes? Many lives were lost because there wasn't a plan for such a disaster. This was not unexpected- we knew this storm was coming.
  • Government officials should have been more organized in  such a situation
  • It is depressing to see so much money wasted by these inefficient agencies.  The media has actually been kind in portraying FEMA and the Red Cross.  Very sad to see my neighbors turned into beggars standing in line.
  • Next time this happens- let's me sure that we're more prepared and ready to immediately respond to the disaster area and the victims involved.
  • Can you please get every department on the same page as to what they are suppose to be doing.!!!!
  • be prepared and don't make excuses
  • With all the technology available a plan should have been in place days before Katrina hit. The people of Texas either had a pre-plan or they learned from the disaster of Katrina. Either way  Katrina should have been handled that way.
  • FEMA  misunderstood my response to them- and they say they can NOT rectify the situation.
  • Do not let assistance workers or processors give info that is NOT CORRECT.  Get to the worst areas PROMPTLY!!  FORGET RED TAPE
  • Come up with a better plan.
  • Please get the Red Cross to treat everybody that was in the disaster the same.  The Red Cross in Hattiesburg- Ms had the police to come and make us leave the premises and we was in a line for financial assistant .  Not right
  • remember the rural area an not just the large cities like New Orleans-  We are sick of New Orleans . A lot of white people lost everything- but it seems the black are the only one really getting everything given to them by the government.
  • communication 
  • PLEASE TRY TO BE MORE ORGANIZE THE NEXT TIME SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN.  HOW IS IT THAT WE CAN BE ORGANIZE FOR EVERY OTHER COUNTRY BUT NOT FOR  THE US.I AM ASHAME FOR OTHER COUNTRY TO SEE US LIKE THIS. I LOVE THE US
  • To the directors of FEMA and the Red Cross- I do hope that there is never a time when you or your family is in need of the supposed services you are supplying. 
  • I have MANY friends and family that lived on the coast & have encountered nothing but red tape
  • Everyone's situation is different. What may not seem like a hardship to them is for others. You should have allowed reimbursement for food lost as some were without power for a week or more. Food banks offer can goods. can goods didn't spoil. Mostly meat
  •  Why after one month- are people on the MISSISSIPPI Gulf Coast still without a place a trailer or mobile home to live in?  Why didn't the MISSISSIPPI Gulf Coast residents receive debit cards from the American Red Cross like other people in the inland areas
  •  THIS DISASTER RELIEF MONEY IS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE DISASTER AREA CAUSE BY HURR. KATRINA AND THIS MONEY SHOULD BE USE FOR THAT REGARDLESS IF YOU HAVE POWER OUTAGE AND FOOD LOST THAT WHAT RED CROSS IS FOR AND THE DISASTER RELIEF MONEY- NOT FEMA   
  •  WE HAVE HAD NO HELP EXCEPT FROM FAMILY - CHURCH AND FRIENDS.
  • The mishandling of funds supplied to people that claimed to have losses in the Jackson- Clinton- and Raymond area is inexcusable.  Please check Red Cross for the amount of western Union checks that have been written to people
  • I really think the Red Cross handled the whole situation in the wrong way. People that really needed help should have been the only ones that were allowed to receive any vouchers or money or type of help. Instead people who lost food or nothing received it
  •  Please get your act together when your people really need the government
  • Treat everyone fairly
  • Accept responsibility...don't point finger like those in Louisiana.  Keep focused
  • I want to say that as we watched this storm come in- people were told days before that they should leave. Then when they for whatever reasons- could not or did not leave- now are looking for someone to blame. They told them to get out.                   
  •  make sure that elderly- nursing home residents- and hospital patients are evacuated first- do not rely on the health care facilities to do it all.  they have proven they cannot handle a large scale evacuation plan.                                         
  • You've done just what I thought you would. Nothing to help the one's who really need it.
  • Why did some of us get denied the money FEMA- was handing out? My 2000 Chevy was totally submerged-  a total loss. I lost my job in the casino. Yes-get paid 4-6 weeks of wages- but at $5.10 an hour.  I'd like to see how the officials relocate on that.   
  • There needs to be a plan to monitor what funds are spent on received by evacuees or so called evacuees.  Heard of so much abuse e.g. 400 purses- nail salons etc. 
  • These people claiming to have loses should be accountable for how they spend my hard EARNED $
  •  Let faith based operations play a bigger role.  It seem somehow they get there and do the right thing faster than anybody.
  • Mema- Keep doing what your doing.  During the crisis in New Orleans- the media kept focusing on how the state failed.  That was Louisiana- not Mississippi. 
  • Our state had a plan and carried out that plan to get immediate help to our state and the victims.
  •  The elderly- sick and disabled should receive foremost consideration in evacuation and relief efforts.  Establish more special needs shelters for these people so health needs are met.
  • The coordination efforts between agencies was lacking.
  • It seems that N.O.- Louisiana- and Texas are receiving more attention and aid than the people of Mississippi.  Take care of our people.
  • don't forget the working poor we did not get flooded out but we have been forgotten and overlooked .
  • Rebuilding New Orleans will involve a conservative effort by the local- state and federal officials.
  • Simpson county had no plan and fail to communicate or survey the needs of people.  Once aid did arrive- the same elected officials fail to communicate.  Due to telephone outage- the same would not make a short drive to check on the status of people.
  • Always be prepared for the worse
  • Red Cross: Get your act together- call in other Red Cross personnel from across the 50 states to help in these emergencies- quit moving your location- it's confusing to  Churches- Salvation Army Gov. & president did great!   
  •  There is always room to improve.
  • Keep the politicians (Pres.- Gov.- & Others) out and let the workers handle the job. 
  • To everyone who wants to complain about Bush- Barbour- or anyone else- until you have walked a mile in their shoes- you should keep your mouth shut! Take all of that energy that you spend complaining and use it to help people and thank God you are alive!!
  •  Thank You! For making sure the working class has almost no way to receive the same benefits that apartment dwelling- non-working- government income - food stamp provided- social drag communities get plenty of aide. Please don't try to help tax payers.   
  •  I apologize for the wholesale public whining and finger-pointing that has occurred. Please keep on keeping on.
  • although a lot of people have lost a lot of things.  You should have been more orderly about the situation.  I still think that were more things that could have been done and you should have did them.                                                       
  •  Divide the money equally. The blacks are getting all of it.  
  • Can we keep more tax dollars for local/state government?  The federal government is not able to help in these situations- but our state/local government had it together!                                                                                      
  •  have a set area for the people to go for relief( Gulfport home depot parking lot) where everyone would know where to go
  • I think they have to find a way to get the assistance that is needed to the rural areas faster.                                                                                                                                
  •  Please do not over extend the Government- It is great to help- but lets not promise to pay for the rebuilding of peoples homes and businesses. We must stay fiscally responsible.                                                                             
  • Everyone dropped the ball   
  • The ones that need the relief are not getting it- only the ones of the "right" color are receiving it.  The Red Cross is the biggest let down- will not donate any more to anyone asking for money.
  • respond to small business needs.
  • It is time to stop  playing the BLAME GAME and help the people in need.  How much money is being spent to find out who did not do their job? 
  • What have you been doing all these years?
  • They forgotten the people that lived in small towns. I did not get help from any local government help. The people from the community helped us. Where was the help when  the people of Mississippi  needed it!
  • there are some folks that work everyday that got behind on house notes- car payments and uttil. bills-etc. they can not get no kind of assistance I want to know why me myself I work hard everyday and still I can not get no kind of assistance.
  • I live in county 50 miles south of Jackson.  The counties above the above were neglected and overlooked and most residents lived in rural areas.  We received no assistance from volunteers-or  by our Supervisor- local officials or church
  • I believe that everyone in Mississippi has experienced the sincere generosity and support of all of our government officials.  I am proud to call myself a Mississippian and glad our government- state and local offices are not run like those in Louisiana.
  • The government response is much needed- but the "government" needs to educate the public about being able to be prepared to be self sufficient.  In other words- people need to be proactive- and not reactive to government support.
  • keep people like Jesse Jackson out of our affairs in ms.  he is nothing but a troublemaker looking for a free ride with the American public.
  • Need to Train and retrain
  • THANK YOU
  • Hire qualified experts in Disaster and Emergency Management personnel to fill critical positions instead of incompetent political associates like Mr. Brown the former head of FEMA.
  • Looked at their TV’s and saw a lot of blacks in distress and did nothing until many had died or gotten sick enough to die.-New Orleans The story in MS was different because our Gov. in a White Republican male.-former lobbyist.
  • we must realize that Katrina was bigger than man.   We had good response for the dangerous  situation we were in. the key is evacuation and that begins at home.   not Washington D.C.
  • There has to be some way for the elderly and those with small children to receive assistance without waiting in line for 8 -10 hours in the heat.  Child care or priority service maybe.
  • Boot the director of Red Cross out because it is obvious that he/she does NOT properly train their volunteers. They turn an honest man away telling him that since he doesn't have major structural damage that he has to go home and call the 1-800 number.
  • Hopefully next time we are ALL more prepared  - but it unreasonably to think anyone or any sector of Government can be prepared to deal with a disaster flawlessly - nor should we expect the Government to bail us out when we didn't research and plan ahead
  • get people working- even people that were not working before.  there should be lots of jobs needed to recover from this
  • Wake Up!!
  • Why has Simpson County not received any help from Red Cross or the government?
  • Let this be a lesson to be more prepared in the future. No one could be prepared for this type disaster and destruction!
  • Take away all funding from the Red Cross. They are a disaster. Too much paperwork. Make them account for what they do. The Salvation Army is doing a much better job. Put the Coast Guard in charge of first response. They know what they are doing!
  • Take action and stop with the endless press conferences.
  • The next time something like this happens- don't wait until it is upon you to act. There were school and church buses that could have gone around and gotten people. There are empty grocery stores and hotels that could have housed thousands of people.
  • Get organized.
  • There are fraudulent claims being made by those who really don't qualify for relief funds.  I have seen locals in my grocery  store (Kroger- Madison) who were there for the handout and didn't deserve it-there is a lot of fraud out there!
  • No one living off welfare or other government assistance will ever be happy with how anything is handled.  The value of people should be measured on the efforts of the individuals to help themselves
  • Keep up the good work.
  • Why is Red Cross still in Jackson passing out money? If people lost food- the
  • Red Cross should give them food- not money. I think they owe the American public an apology for what they are doing. They should only give money to those that lost their houses
  • I believe that our government officials did a wonderful job in preparing our state for this disaster and did an even better job getting relief into  our area 
  • Thank you to Gov. Haley Barbour for the excellent job!
  • You need a PLAN.  One that works.  As for FEMA and the American Red Cross- well you should paint yourself BLACK before ever entering their presence.
  • They have done a great job considering the terrible effects Katrina had on our state.
  • INCLUDE THE RURAL AREAS THAT CANNOT GET TO THE LARGER TOWNS TO GET HELP.  CHURCHES IN RURAL AREAS CAN HELP WITH SUPPLIES FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WOULD BE WILLING.
  • Fema & Red Cross should be ashamed of themselves for the lengthy delay for all counties affected by the hurricane. I have applied for assistance w/ Fema & can not get an answer on line & never can get through on phones in at least 60 times I have tried .
  • The government needs to be better prepared.
  • Government officials should stop playing the blame game and admit that there was great failure at every level of government. They should focus on helping the victims of this disaster recover and get a plan in order now. This will not be the last disaster.
  • Overall ... good job guys.
  • I would ask the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana why they did not have plans in place to take care of people in the Superdome (since that was a shelter of "last resort").
  • Stop listening to the FOOLS-  you did a great job.  No one could have ever planned enough to cover all that Katrina did to us.
  • Do away with the Red Cross -  Total Failure.
  • Limit the media's access to relief efforts.  Give the media the information they need to relay to the public and don't allow them to "investigate" and interfere by providing bad press for non-profit agencies attempting to help.
  • Look at the excellent example set by Mississippi government and its responders. Governor Barbour has been outstanding.
  • To the US government! Shame on You! US citizens were treated abhorrently. Citizens of other countries have been treated better by the US government.
  • forget about  government red  tape; the re is a time when persons or agencies should adhere to red tape; a disaster is  not one of them.
  • quit bickering with each other about political gains from either side and get off your asses and get some relief flowing right after the disaster and immediate threats are over
  • Natural disasters are a certainty- and should be planned for as surely as we  plan for other types of business endeavors.
  • you don't have a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I am not sure anyone could have been completely prepared for this magnitude of a natural disaster. I feel that MS has done an outstanding job. It is the local and state governments that are responsible for the initial response and that is where La was failed
  • there to be a more organized system for people who go through disasters and more than one number to call for assistance.
  • do your job hired people that no there job. red cross is not doing  a good job I heard that red cross throw out 75-000 dollars of food away people  needs food right now  and place to live
  • Be concerned with people of the USA!!! They are so quick to help other countries-but are not concerned with us- here in the USA- at all.... Bet Governor Barbour could not have stood the temperatures and living in tent !
  • I would like to address the attorney general. He made a statement that anybody selling a 5000W generator for over $1500. had been price gauged and they should file a complaint. I sell Honda generators and my cost is more than that.   
  • Learn from lessons of
  • They failed in helping the people.
  • There are times to play politics and there are time to do your jobs.  There are a lot of educated fools in our Gov.  The Mississippi Gov. job well done the feds forgot who they work for.
  • There needs to be better organization within the agencies providing relief for disaster victims.
  • I think President Bush is being unfairly condemned.  This is the worst natural disaster that has happened of this nature and he has done a very good job with all things considered.  It appeared to be more of a local and State governmental problem.
  • faster response time
  • stop dropping the ball
  • I would say that they need to clean up the trash in front of homes faster.  It seems to be so depressing to the people that has been affected
  • Don't give another red cent to the sorry/useless/stupid red cross! The 800 # is a joke which can't be reached- their treatment of having people jump through hoops and stand in never ending parking lot lines is reprehensible. the red cross can vanish.
  • GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NEED TO GET THERE ACT TOGETHER.  AS FAR AS THE RED CROSS THAT IS REALLY A JOKE. SOME FAMILIES IN THIS STATE ARE NOT DESTITUTE BUT ARE ON A BUDGET. SO WHEN POWER OUTAGES SPOIL FOOD THERE SHOULD BE SOME ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT
  • Announce evacuation early on and provide transportation to those who don't have it.  EVACUATE!!!
  • Have applied for disaster relief. Red cross is worthless. Not meeting the true needs of the people-(where’s the money or food)FEMA No help. Tired up in red tape. Has NO heart-Do I live in USA??? Lost all food-DHS says I make too much money $861 per month. HELP!!
  • Talk to the people who were actually affected by the disaster and see what could be done
  • I would hope that all government officials will realize that the failures of the system to handle such a major disaster belong to all members of the government- including the executive and legislative branches.  Party politics is not needed now
  • We will stand on our own two feet as long as possible.
  • to all levels of government- we are not ready for a real disaster.
  • I am glad this was an act of God and not acts of terrorists.  Let's learn from this and better prepare ourselves for potential terrorist attacks.
  • Please be honest!  Don’t' tell us to be patient- money won't run out- and then shut down assistance that would help with our immediate needs.
  • the government did great work
  • be better prepared
  • I applied for the red cross relief where we get $300 a person and it has been over 10 days and I can not reach them with the number they give me to call it says the voice mail box is full . STOP IGNORING US IF YOU ARE GOING TO HELP!
  • I WOULD WANT THEM TO BE FAIR TO EVERYBODY.THE ONES THAT WERE ASKED TO WAIT TO COME INTO REDCROSS AT A LATER DATE TO FIND OUT THAT THE DOORS WHERE CLOSE AND THEY NO LONGER HELPING THE PEOPLES ANY MORE.     I WAITED FOR THE ONES WHO NEEDED HELP THE MOST
  • quit lining your pockets and help the people.
  • During a disaster where there are lives hanging in the balance- I think there is no room for politics as usual.  There should be no "Democrats" or "Republicans" in a crisis- we should simply be Americans helping each other- not finger pointing.
  • Reconsider the steps in case another  disaster is to occur.. careful planning- use of state vehicles for transportation to help those who can not get out 
  • Good job in Mississippi. And Thank God for the mayor in Pearl and Jackson. Foster and Melton were out with the people from the start. Foster was helping pull trees out of road ways and working on clean up with in an hour of the hit
  • Mississippi looks adequate for the size of the disaster- LA looked ridiculous- and the Feds looked like business as usual.
  • Reelect our Governor. He did a great job 
  • Red Cross needs a plan - Not organized at all.  People who lost food due to power outages  and who trusted the Red Cross by doing as instructed  and leaving the lines for those who lost everything were left out in the cold when the policy was changed
  • Gov. Barbour was not honest about the federal government's role in disaster relief here in Mississippi.  On the other hand- Sen. Trent Lott and Rep. Gene Taylor are to be  commended for their candor and honesty.
  • keep up the good work.  I feel everything that can be done for victims on the
  • Mississippi gulf coast is being done.  everything will take time
  • red cross flunked in Ms.    Ms. is a disaster area but you cant get disaster relief from ANYONE!! WHY NOT! FEMA NO HELP NO MONEY either!! You have things torn up but these places don’t help you  WHY!
  • Because we're not on the Gulf Coast we have had losses also. My sister's mobile home totally destroyed nothing has been done  National Guard could have passed out tarps they were 1st responders in Yazoo County
  • If the officials of New Orleans had carried out the plans that were made 3 years ago  the city would not have flooded
  • There is not any assistance for self employed who not only have lost clients but also are unable to market their goods.   The loss to these individuals will continue for years and maybe greater than the loss of a house.
  • cut out the red tape and help people who need it. I wish I knew where all the money that has been raised is going to.
  • I think the senior's and people on fixed income should be compensated for their food loses- if not all the lose of food. If not funds - food cards.
  • What a waste of money with those trucks hauling ice- being sent from one place to another and sitting for days but not getting to deliver the ice- finally unloading it in a storage place up north.
  • Plan and  then execute plan.
  • Adams County - Has not done anything to help it citizens- Red Cross tell it citizen to go to Mobile Al. for help- we have damage to our home. They gave to the shelters- and nothing to the residents- red cross has completely turned it backs on it citizens
  • Get out to the Rural areas.
  • GET ORGANIZED!!! Prior to the disaster.  We knew Katrina was coming and knew that the storm was over 400 miles across and had an eye of 36 miles.  The Federal Government knew this was going to be a catastrophic storm and did nothing to prepare.
  • Good Job.  No one could have completely prepared for a disaster such as Katrina. 
  • The assistance process couldn't be more unorganized.  When I tried to apply for aid- no one would help me.  I was told that I wasn't eligible for aid because of my zip code.  But my neighbor 3 doors down was able to received the same help that I was denied
  • Keep doing what you are doing !   20/20 vision is a lot tougher when you are planning than when you are just being a critic- after the fact. I wish the agency critics were as generous with their back as they are with their mouth!
  • People who went days without electricity lost everything they had in the refrigerators and freezers.  We lost everything we had- including everything from our garden.  No money to replace our winter supply- what r we going to do?
  • That ALL people should be considered for disaster relief not just the ones on the outskirts of Jackson- like Clinton- Ridgeland- Richland- South Jackson etc. Some people in my neighborhood received assistance from Red Cross in the form of money and FEMA
  • State & Local governments have done a great job to this point- now it's time for the State leg. to step up 
  • Learn from your mistakes and have a better plan for future disasters such as Katrina.
  •  Plan
  • Stay in touch with the public--keeps rumors at a minimum
  • I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Governor Barbour and Mayor Melton for their commitment  compassion- persistent presence and leadership during this horrible time.  I am ashamed of the whining of some.
  • I called FEMA 9-10-05 and have not received not one piece of paper- no call backs as to when they will be in my area- All they will say is my case is pending - until they come out and look at damage.
  • Red Cross is not done us right here in Simpson & Rankin County.  How can they give to some people and refuse to give to others?  I will never donate to the red cross again.                  
  •  Leave Scott County on the list for Red Cross Assistance.                                         
  • If one should get help then all should get help
  • Some type of "fail safe" communication systems must be developed before the next disaster.
  • FIX IT !
  • Make sure we build back better than before. 
  • I would ask the government- to stop having meetings about having a meeting and "talking" about getting something done.  Supplies are delayed and power is delayed because the roads were blocked with fallen trees and debris.
  • LEARN from your MISTAKES! Help everyone that was affected.                                     
  • to  please look at this and lets not let this happen again help should have got there lots faster not the look on  the GOV face and others as to say they were told  to get out so they can wait they need help faster than they got it
  • Have permitted Corps of Engineers to build storm surge gates at mouth of Lake Pontchartrain 38 years ago- despite environmentalists' lobbying.
  • The Red Cross in Raleigh- MS gave me a claim number last week and told me to come back today. When I arrived around 10:00 a.m. the Smith Co. sheriff dept. was telling people to leave or face trespassing charges.
  • This disaster was so big nobody knows where to begin.  I think Mike Brown did as good a job as anybody they have in charge now.  Nobody has done a lot of nothing.  FEMA sent out checks just to shut everybody up if you ask me.  Now what do we do?
  • Only God knew the magnitude of destruction Katrina would cause.  In Mississippi the President and our Governor performed admirably.  I wish that I could say the same for the fiasco in New Orleans.
  • Be better prepared to handle situations like this hurricane.
  • Governor Barbour did an outstanding job.  I was very proud of him.
  • Hire additional help to get the job done.  Not close disaster centers.
  • True colors really showed 
  • RED CROSS IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB AT ALL
  • I UNDERSTAND THAT LOTS OF PEOPLE LOST EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE WORKED FOR AND I THINK THAT INSTEAD OF TALKING AND MAKING PROMISES THESE PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE HELPED  AS SOON AS THEY CONTACT THESE PROGRAMS.FEMA PLEASE HELP PEOPLE REPLACE THEIR FOOD!
  • I  feel that the FED GOV did what they could in  timely manor. People we are talking about a MAJOR disaster  that affected 3 states. You can only get the people in there just so fast. I feel that our ms. GOV did a fine job with  what they had to work with
  • The media made this disaster a racial issue so whites and business that were also hit hard can't get help- only loans- many business including ours will probably go bankrupt. The media, in particular knows this disaster only hurt black people.
  • Thanks for nothing
  • They say Mississippi is losing a lot of money without casinos! The people of ms. are now saving every dime instead of blowing their money at the casinos. Government is the pockets these casinos are losing money to.
  • We need to update our evacuation and disaster plans.  The government need to help people in a timely matter and stop giving the runaround.  It seems no one , has a clue what to do.
  • There should have been a better approach to getting relief to everyone in need. 
  • There have been people getting relief that don't even have a home that was damaged.  Look into people situations then give the help.  Don't just give help to the first people
  • Be prepared beforehand- thoroughly planned for anything.   Expect the worst.  
  • go with the lowest bid you think will get the job done 
  • we have to drive long was to get help and then just told to come back with these gas prices I will just stay home
  • The government needs to find a better way to respond to emergencies of this nature.  This isn't the first time a hurricane has hit the US.  By now they should be better able to handle the aftermath of the situation.                                       
  • be more prepared- stage relief and have it ready to go in after hurricane passes
  • Stay away from the press.
  • Thank you for all your efforts- no one person is irresponsible in this situation.  President Bush did everything a human could possibly do.  Everyone had best get onboard the train and say "we will overcome all obstacles". 
  • Pulling together we will endure
  • Bush & company should be brought up on criminal neglect charges. 
  • The gasoline prices are a sham.  If there is a case of price gouging- it is at the gas pump.  It is like the consumer is being raped by the gas companies.  Our government must help get control of these prices or we will never recover from Katrina
  • We as a community- as a state- as a country need a plan.  We need to spend less money destroying and rebuilding Iraq and more on the people in the United States.  The Oil Refineries and middle men need to be accountable for ridiculous gas prices.
  • Don't rely on the RED CROSS for anything.  Be more self-suficient.   
  • Plan better for all different types of emergency.  None of the first responders knew what to do or how much to do.  There has be too much fraud and waste of peoples donations and goodness.
  • It is not fair for some people to suffer some hard ship. and not get no assistance because it was not major damage. my daughter husband lost a whole week of work because he could not work due to Katrina and it was rent time and all her food
  • Please be more in tune with each other so that all systems can work better together in the rescue and relief areas.
  • that they need more people to answer the phones. I was told to call 1-800-975-7585 for help and I have not got the help yet. please let me know how to apply for the 300.00 per person for losing food and lights. thanks and god bless you all .  rhonda cove
  • LET THE LOCALSTAKE CARE OF IT AND THEY NEED A PLAN FOR SUCH EMERGENCY TO EVACUAT E ALREADY INPLACE
  • Get your heads out of your butts and help people like you are paid too!   
  • better organization
  • get a day job- you suck at this one.
  • Please help the people on the coast of Miss. and New Orleans and do not give unnecessary money away to people that lost only food  I do not think that is right when some people does not have houses- jobs- cars and even lost family members.
  • Red Cross is inconsistent in the way they treat people; they change the rules in the middle of the game.
  • get organized-why did it take so long for the lawmakers to vote on the casinos coming on shore- if they were not allowed we would lose soooooo much in money- taxes and jobs- we live in USA you have a chose in going to them.
  • This disaster is of the scope of a biblical disaster and no one in the federal government will open their eyes to the fact.
  • Be ready to go before storm makes landfall
  • the mayor of Newton ms needs to that he has to request help from fema and the red cross because people from Newton were denied help from these two organizations because their help was not requested by the mayor Michael  pickens
  • to tell the truth. It all started by telling people they were coming and were there to help. Not true. Every one was on his own- we got help from friends and churches. and DHS and the food stamps its all a big joke with don Taylor to help people
  • The entire FEMA disaster aid program is frustrating & unfair. FEMA said we do not qualify for aid for all the food that ruined & lost income when power was out- but everyone  else  I've talked to got a check 4 days after applying for the same losses.
  • Take this as an example to be more prepared for this type of event. No matter the cost during times of on disaster- because it would triple again if we were as unprepared as we were during this event.
  • Cut out the bureaucracy
  • my husband is in congestive heart failure and the storm caused roof damage that now mold has developed very badly  on the ceiling . his doctor said this is not good for him to be around. I have called at all hours  and cannot get through
  • WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STAND TALL AND TAKE CARE OF THIS STATE IN A DESPERATE WAY!!
  • HOW CAN YOU HAVE A FREE FOR ALL ONE DAY- AND THEN STOP. MEANING- HOW CAN YOU GIVE MONEY TO PEOPLE WITH NO STRINGS ATTATCHED- THEN EVERYONE ELSE WHO DID NOT GET THE CHANCE TO GET IT IS OUT OF LUCK.  ESPECIALLY THE RED CROSS BEING A NON- PROFIT AGENCY?
  • THIS IS FOR MY MOTHER WHO IS RETIRED AND 64 YRS OLD. HER HOME WAS DAMAGED- TREE UPROOTED- AND FEMA DENIED HER CLAIMS- PART OF HER ROOF IS MISSING- HOW COULD THEY DENY IT.  SHE HAS NO INCOME- AND THEY TOLD HER TO APPLY FOR A LOAN.  WHEN OTHER PEOPLE MONEY
  • I live in a small town.  We had some homes that were destroyed and some families that lost chicken houses.  The Red Cross has been in towns around us but did not feel like we suffered enough damage.  We have families that lost all of their food.
  • there need to be a way of checking to see if the people that called the 1-800 # for red cross money actually qualified for it.  there were several people that I know that did not have damage or maybe 100.00 worth of food loss that received checks for 1500
  • Why were we not better prepared? Why is there such a difference with the Red Cross? If you spoke with the Red Cross @ the 800 number- you got assistance. If you went to the fairgrounds- you were turned away...why is that???
  • People who had food spoilage should be last to receive any form of (if any) assistance from Red Cross and FEMA
  • Please be more organized.  The Red Cross has really dropped the ball on this one.
  • First of all- stop pointing fingers.  Own up to your own short comings.  If you say that you will help everyone in the affected area- stick to your word. 
  • People were not obeying because they knew the assistance would stop.                                
  • they should all go back and look how good of a job new York mayor handled the twin towers attack and take note he did a fine job of handling his city
  • TO HELP MISSISSIPPIAN OUT ALSO- WE WERE HIT BY THIS STORM ALSO- WE ALSO SUSTAINED WIND DAMAGE- TREES ON OUR HOMES AND COULD NOT GET NO HELP FROM THE RED CROSS OR FEMA BECAUSE BY TIME YOU WERE ABLE TO GET THROUGH BECAUSE OF OTHER WHO DID NOT GET NO DAMAGE.
  • They did a great job. Thank you 
  • improve disaster plan
  • Slow on relief help to all the people who lost things from Hurricane Katrina- if any help at all- like me and my family- lost all of our food and almost 2 weeks pay since Katrina hit- and no help for us.  None....
  • I think that the government has done  an efficient job with the means that they have had to work with.  I think there is always room for improvement- but they have been very cooperative in my opinion.
  • Thank you for all your help    
  •  BE READY FOR THE NEXT DISASTER
  • Why are Simpson County residents not being able to get help from any one. I went to Red Cross 4 times and I have been turned away every time because I didn’t live in the right county.
  • It is obvious that all the talk about Homeland Security is a joke.  Where are the plans for worst case scenarios?
  • That I don't think it is fair that they help some of the counties and a few of the counties like Simpson didn't get much help at all.
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