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FEMA announces "Partnership" with NAACP

Orlando, Fla., July 12, 2013 — FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President and CEO Benjamin Jealous signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the NAACP?s 104th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Excerpted from FEMA’s website: Last Friday Administrator Craig Fugate sat alongside Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization to sign a memorandum of agreement between FEMA and the NAACP. This agreement builds on a long-standing partnership between FEMA and the NAACP, and leverages both institutions’ resources and networks to improve the whole community throughout the disaster cycle. For years the NAACP has been on the front lines in communities meeting the need of disaster survivors and we are thrilled to formalize this partnership. We are humbled to be one of many employees working to help strengthen and sustain strategic partnerships like the one with the NAACP in an effort to fulfill the agency’s mission to support our citizens and first responders.

As a nation, our resiliency depends on our ability to work together to empower individuals and communities to be a part of the emergency management team before, during and after a disaster. We are committed to ensuring we keep a direct line of communication open to organizations and community leaders that focus on improving the lives of vulnerable communities every day. As Administrator Fugate shared in his Champion of Change blog post, the real first responder is usually a neighbor or friend. We recognize and respect the value of forming strategic partnerships with voluntary and community-based organizations, like this one with the NAACP, because when it comes to the government response, we can’t fix what we don’t know.

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Agency Says Hamas Took Aid Intended for Needy

Published: February 4, 2009

JERUSALEM — The United Nations agency that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees said Wednesday that the Hamas police in Gaza had seized aid supplies intended for the needy, signaling increased tensions between the agency and the Hamas leaders of the Palestinian enclave.

The accusation was made in a statement by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or Unrwa, which condemned the action “in the strongest terms” and demanded the return of the goods.

On Tuesday afternoon, according to the statement, the police confiscated about 3,500 blankets and more than 400 food parcels from a warehouse at the Gaza City Beach Camp that were meant to help hundreds of families in the area. It was part of the emergency aid being distributed in the aftermath of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza that ended on Jan. 18.

According to the statement, the incident took place “after Unrwa staff had earlier refused to hand over the aid supplies to the Hamas-run Ministry of Social Affairs. The police subsequently broke into the warehouse and seized the aid by force.”