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Un-Installed FEMA TRAILERS In Storage Yard in Purvis Mississippi

OK Folks, this should really make you madder than a wet hen. FEMA has 3 storage yards, this one in Purvis with over 18,000 trailers, one in Hope Arkansas with 10,500+ trailers and a third yard in Mississippi with around 3,500 trailers (numbers given to me by a source that I wish not to disclose but after seeing the Purvis yard I believe him completly and he is mad about it too). Between the three yards there are several HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS OF TRAILERS JUST SETTING THERE WAITING TO BE DISPATCHED AND INSTALLED. THEY ARE FULLY EQUIPPED, down to Coffee Makers/TV Sets some have DVD Players,Microwaves, all have Bedding, Cookware, Furniture etc for people to walk into with clothes and food to set up their house after a disaster (description of what was in the trailers given to me by various people in the area who either had gotten a trailer themselves or had friends/family get a trailer).

SO WHY ARE THEY SETTING THERE AND NOT BEING GIVEN TO PEOPLE TO LIVE IN?

I was in some areas where Shrimper and Fish boat operators lived and their homes were wiped out to the bare piers (see some of the Bay St Lious and St Bernards Parrish photos) and the people are living in the cabins of their SHRIMP BOATS! I kept seeing cabins with curtains in them and at first it didn't make sense why would a SHRIMP BOAT have curtains in all the windows and then it hit me that people were living in them and they are maybe 10-14 ft wide, 7 ft high and maybe 10 ft deep on the bigger boats and FAMILIES ARE BEING FORCED TO LIVE IN THEM BECAUSE FEMA WOULD NOT SUPPLY TRAILERS THAT WERE LESS THAN 60 MILES OR SO AWAY. Purvis is just west of I-59 south of Hattiesburg.

Oh you say, FEMA says that they don't have all of these trailers! Well here is their little trick! They have contracted with a company to install them and when the trailers were delivered they transferred ownership of the trailers to this other company but this company can't install them until FEMA SAYS WHERE TO PLACE THEM. When I took this pictures in Feb that company had people installing trailers DAILY STILL which was 535 DAYS AFTER THE STORM, these crews were working past 10PM doing installations but I do not know how many crews are operating.

Also the way the FEMA CONTRACTS WERE WRITTEN people in most cases will have to turn their trailers back to FEMA after either 18 or 24 months after the trailers were delivered, so crews that were installing units will be removing them since the disconnection of electrical and plumbing and site tear down is a complex also. Well looking at the conditions of much of the area the homes have not been repaired to a state where people can move back since roofing, and other crews have not made a large dent in the damages doneby Katrina so these people are facing a ticking clock that is at it's last minutes now. There are NO APARTMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO unless you want to pay $700 a month or more for a unit that was under $450 before the storm if you can even find one! Some apartment rents more than doubled! We are talking about rates that a person/couple working for under $10 an hour can afford which is what most jobs in the area were paying before Katrina. Even the people who are working in the refineries who made substantially more are still living in Katrina Villages because they have not been able to get their homes repaired. So FEMA SAYS YOU CAN'T HAVE A TRAILER because they don't have them but here is proof that they have almost 30,000 trailers in three yards (I have a witness who has seen the HOPE storage yard).

SO WHY HAS CONGRESS LET THIS CRAP GO ON?

THESE TRAILERS RUN ON AVERAGE OVER $30,000 x 30,000= NINE HUNDRED MILLION OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS BEING THROWN AWAY! IN FACT FEMA HAS BEEN PUTTING OUT FALSE RUMOURS THAT THE TRAILERS HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF COPPER PIPING-never had copper in them it is all butalene and PVC, that their wiring has been stripped-same thing aluminum wiring in the majority of the units- that they are rotting- do they look rotting in the pictures? SEE FEMA WANTS TO DESTROY ALL OF THEM ON SITE SO THAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THERE SCREW UP! IF THEY SOLD THEM ON THE MARKET, which the old govt disaster agency used to do after reclaiming them- THEY WOULD FLOOD THE MARKET and get all sorts of people attention!

THIS SHOULD GET YOU ON YOUR PHONE ASKING YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS TO LOOK INTO THIS BOONDOGGLE!

I will be doing further digging into the subject when I return to the area in a few weeks time.

I would like to add that Yes the Govt should have some staging areas with trailers ready to be taken to new disaster victims but the main point that I am trying to put across is that the GOVT did not and is not helping the victims of KATRINA the way that they should.

Some of the trailers that have been returned are being sold out of the Hope Arkansas location at the site
http://search.gsaauctions.gov go to the trailer/truck section and currently the Hope trailers are listed towards the end.
Nov 2009 Update, I don't know if these trailers are still there now or not nor how many of the returned ones are still up for sale. I've heard that the New Orleans Times Picayune and the Ne York Times has had a few stories over the last few months about about some crooked dealings about these trailers and where large sums of money (hundreds of millions) were skimmed from the taxpayers pockets because of graft and other illegal actions involving these trailers. This is a bigger mess than most even thought it was back two years ago and the layers are being peeled back to show how crooked it was and still is. (ie where some handicapped veterans were given some contracts but the veteran was just a front person who then was paid off and the contracts actually went to companies that would have had to have bid less for the contracts that they worked on-see the handicap veterans didn't have to got through the low bid process that normal contracts went through.)
On 11-25-09 these newer FEMA trailers (look more like houses on wheels than fifth wheels) are being sold from a lot in east texas
http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/aucindx/
Turns out that FEMA is selling off 470 of these trailers in one lot this week (11-30-09) so all that money went to waste since they will most likely go for nothing per unit.

3-10-10 UPDAte!!!!!!

I BELIEVE FEMA HAS SOLD ALL OF THE TRAILERS OFF OF THE LOT AT AUCTION AT THE END OF 2009!!!!!!!!
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Approaching Purvis Mississippi FEMA Storage Yard next to I-59
Storage Yard Entrance-Notice 6 ft barbwire topped security fence
Storage Yard Entrance-Notice 6 ft barbwire topped security fence
On the west side of the storage yard-most trailers were to the east and south
On the west side of the storage yard-most trailers were to the east and south
Trailers going down the hills to the right area is about 1/2 by 1/2 miles in size
Trailers going down the hills to the right area is about 1/2 by 1/2 miles in size
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FEMA Travel Trailer Delivery Here- not travel trailers at all but housing for Katrina Victims
FEMA Travel Trailer Delivery Here- not travel trailers at all but housing for Katrina Victims
Close up of FEMA sign
Close up of FEMA sign
Distance shot-see trailers down the hills to the far right of the photo
Distance shot-see trailers down the hills to the far right of the photo
Showing the relationship of the FEMA sign and driveway to the Offices in front of the storage yard
Showing the relationship of the FEMA sign and driveway to the Offices in front of the storage yard
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FEMA Trailers Just Waiting in a Storage Yard to be distributed to Katrina Vicitims
FEMA Trailers Just Waiting in a Storage Yard to be distributed to Katrina Vicitims
The tower can be seen in other pictures to get a perspective
The tower can be seen in other pictures to get a perspective
OVER 18,000 TRAILERS SETTING IN THIS ONE FEMA STORAGE YARD
OVER 18,000 TRAILERS SETTING IN THIS ONE FEMA STORAGE YARD
Trailers just waiting-FEDERAL DOLLARS BEING WASTED!
Trailers just waiting-FEDERAL DOLLARS BEING WASTED!
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FEMA through the GSA is selling these trailers now!
FEMA through the GSA is selling these trailers now!