Since when does the President make Disaster Declarations a month after the "disaster"?Submitted by go213mph on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 15:59
Maybe this is not abnormal but I pay pretty close attention to all the disaster declarations and constant "states of emergencies" that are declared by Federal and State Authorities.
I live in Florida near the coast and I used to wonder why they always declared a state of emergency so quickly and almost always for the entire state each time it gets a bit windy and starts raining. So I did some research and found out that under those declarations...it frees up money to be handed out to officials that would otherwise not be available to them because of previous budget allocations. Meaning, the state can take money from ANY account that has excess funds.
Another interesting tidbit is that in the documents I read it clearly stated that in order to prevent delays in getting aid to those who might need rescue or emergency services...normal accounting procedures are not required during states of emergency. So, as you might expect states of emergency are constantly being declared for things as minor as a strong thunderstorm.
What I don't ever recall in the past is for the Federal Government or a State Government to declare a disaster a month after the supposed disaster. Obama just today declared a disaster in Virginia for the period of June 29 to July 1, 2012. What's up with that?
For Immediate Release July 27, 2012
President Obama Signs Virginia Disaster Declaration
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29 to July 1, 2012.