DON'T forget the people of Galveston and the coastal towns who have lost EVERYTHING and are getting NO help. Truly, no help! AT least not from FEMA - read on. This first photo is of Evergreen Helicopters. I worked there in the late 70's when it was a beautiful brand new building. I was the Human Resource Director for everything east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a great company. But, it's gone - no helicopters which there were probably at least 20 of them - no pilots, no aviation mechanics, no office staff. NADA Which adds up to no jobs.
So, Evergreen is now one folding table in front of what's left of the offices of Scholes Field in Galveston. There are many helicopter bases on this field to shuttle people to the offshore rigs. I don't know the situation of the other bases, but I assume they are as bad off as Evergreen.
These photos were mailed to me by my friend Vandy, who I have written about many times. Vandy volunteers on this harbor boat a couple of times a week. The money made from this ride supports the Galveston Historical Foundation's maintenance of all the historical buildings and homes on the island. Although Vandy volunteers his time, the other people had jobs on this boat.
Now NADA, no jobs.
It is hard to tell from this photo the devastation of Sue and Vandy's house. Luckily they were here in San Miguel, so they do have some clothes and a car. But the house is "totalled". The water was at least five feet deep and the mold is crawling up the walls. Sue and Vandy are living in a motel room. They'll be there for quite a while.
All of this blog was written because I got so mad this morning when I read the following. A FEMA spokesman said last week, "Anyone living in a tent or a car is there by choice". REALLY.
Maybe they are living there because they have no place else to go since FEMA has only shipped in 200 trailers in 6 weeks - 200 trailers in 6 weeks! THEY promised 300 a week starting six weeks ago. Ike hit September 13th.
I KNOW people who have no home left - these are friends, a former NASA engineer who worked for 30 years at NASA; Sue and Vandy who have given more to the island then anyone I have ever met; a recently retired pilot from Evergreen; and the list goes on and on. These are not deadbeats; they are not people who have ever looked for a handout, ever. But they are people who need help now in a time of desperation.
YOU should be as mad as I am. It could be you! Can't our government do any better? It disgusts me. Oh, and don't EVEN get me started on the insurance companies............