Hateful wrote:according to Bellsouth,I won't have a phone until October.I have to shut down my home business and I stand to lose A LOT of money.I think I have the right to be upset.
Of course you have every right to be upset, without the expectation of posting your frustration on this or any other message board, and getting flamed in the process. It's disgusting and shameful. If I read what you're saying correctly it's not only FEMA but other authorities also, and no doubt you're correct. Before Frances was an issue, one of the local news stations here in Baltimore showed a group of AmeriCorps kids waiting at BWI to assist with the efforts in Florida. One of the reasons for AmeriCorps involvement was, as quoted in the piece, that there is not enough National Guard members available to help because of deployments elsewhere. How anyone epects a group of 18-21 year olds to be able to provide the same assistance, with the same level of expertise as the NG troops possess, is beyond my comprehension. Though this gets into the realm of politics as it affects national disasters sooner or later this story will get told.
As a quick aside, I provided contact information for FEMA to my mother in Ocala, who suffered minor damage (shingles blown off, chimney collapse, etc) compared to fellow Floridians in in Broward, PB, Martin, St. Lucie, and other counties. She contacted FEMA to see what was available for short term assistance, and was told that despite a general disaster declaration for Florida, Marion County was not included, and to call back later.
I believe that the magnitude of damage from Frances will take weeks to be tallied and it's a shame that not only Federal officials, but State officials, seemed to take planning for such events with the same aplomb they did the war in Iraq.
Good luck in your quest for recovery. As it pertains to your telephone service, perhaps you could have your regular telephone calls forwarded to a cell phone until BellSouth service is restored. Remember, it's all a tax deduction