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FEMA demands 3 star hotel while NYC residents are homeless

FEMA demands 3 star hotel while NYC residents are homeless

By James Smith

5 Nov 2012

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm

While tens of thousands are displaced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has requested 45 rooms in a “three-star or higher rated hotels or executive stays” as they believe the more expensive hotels “…can best meet the program’s event planning needed as well as have the experience in serving, hosting and accommodating high profile government employees and executives.”

Osama Bin Laden did quite well planning destruction in a cave.

But what is a three star hotel? And what about a 4 or 5 star hotel (which they will be more than gracious to accept!) From Business Dictionary

  • A 3-Star hotel has more spacious rooms and adds high-class decorations and furnishings and color TV. It also offers one or more bars or lounges.
  • A 4-Star hotel is much more comfortable and larger, and provides excellent cuisine (table d’hote and a la carte), room service, and other amenities.
  • A 5-Star hotel offers most luxurious premises, widest range of guest services, as well as swimming pool and sport and exercise facilities.
Why do I get the feeling a repeat of the GSA debacle of spending sprees is about to be repeated? What’s wrong with a Super 8 Motel?
The solicitation further states that the rooms will be needed from today, 5 November until 30 November, with  the “option to extend performance in quantities of room.” Which means they may ask for more rooms.
The hotel must be no less than 30 miles from Burlington New Jersey or in the surrounding metro area.
And all this while one report has 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in NYC.
FEMA director Craig Fugate, who was in New York on Sunday surveying ongoing relief efforts in  affected communities, stated his agency had approved more than $158 million for individuals to help with housing and other storm-related needs so far.
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