We need to seperate short and long term assistance
Reader comment on: Federal Disasters
Submitted by Lyle (United States), Oct 31, 2012 11:44
If you read about pre 1927 disasters you find that the army provided short term disaster assistance in terms of tents and food, and in the case of San Francisco dynamite. This started presumably once the railroad network was in place. It is only after the 1927 floods that the more modern approach was put in place. The short term assistance until the regular lines of commerce can get back in place make a lot of sense, it is the longer term rebuilding assistance that becomes the issue. This of course also applies in foreign disasters as well.
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