FEMA sold disaster shelters as ‘Frankenstorm’ gathered strength
Bureaucracy in action… is any actually surprised?
Federal officials sold hundreds of emergency trailers for disaster victims at fire-sale prices in the months before Hurricane Sandy churned toward the United States, The Washington Examiner has learned.
Now, with thousands of families left homeless in New York and New Jersey by the hurricane, those same federal officials are poised to spend more taxpayer dollars to buy brand-new trailers.
These aren’t the infamous “Katrina trailers” from 2005 that were tainted with toxic levels of formaldehyde. A 2008-or later model trailer would have been built well after that controversy became national news.
The trailers were sold for a fraction of the original $25,000 price the government paid for each of them. The General Services Administration, which handled the auctions for FEMA, sold some for as little as $3,800.
But what the hell, right? It’s not like it’s real money… only taxpayer money…. and it’s not like we need these trailers RIGHT NOW. Better to sell at pennies on the dollar so we can by new shelters that won’t be used for the next disaster.