After a meeting this morning of House Members whose districts were devastated by Hurricane Irene, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced the formation of the bipartisan Hurricane Irene Coalition. The Coalition will serve two purposes. First, it will work to ensure FEMA has the resources it needs to support the recovery effort. Second, working with FEMA and other federal agencies, it will serve as a resource for Members to support recovery efforts their districts. Coalition Co-chairs are Reps. Welch (D-Vt.), Gibson (R-N.Y) DeLauro (D-Conn.), Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Butterfield (D-N.C.), Marino (R-Penn.) Pascrell (D-N.J.), and Jones (R-N.C.). ‘Hurricane Irene was an act of God. It will take an act of Congress to ensure that families and businesses slammed by this powerful storm get back on their feet,’ Welch said. ‘Natural disasters know no political boundaries; they are indiscriminate in where they strike. America has a long and proud tradition of coming to the aid of fellow Americans who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in harm’s way. This bipartisan Coalition will hit the ground running to ensure that our constituents and districts recover from this catastrophe.’ Coalition Members met this morning with FEMA Administer Craig Fugate, Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and White House staff. Administer Fugate briefed the group on the scope of the storm and the ongoing recovery efforts. Welch then lead a discussion about how best to ensure that FEMA has the resources it needs to help their districts recover. Over thirty offices were represented at today’s meeting, including Reps. Welch (D-Vt.), Pelosi (D-Calif.), Hoyer (D-Md.), Larson (D-Conn.), Cantor (R-Va.), Tonko (D-N.Y.), Butterfield (D-N.C.), Pascrell (D-N.J.) Lance (R-N.J.), LoBiando (R-N.J.), McCarthy (D-N.Y.), Runyan (R-N.J.), Jones (R-N.C.), Ackerman (D-N.Y.), DeLauro (D-Conn.), McIntyre (D-N.C.), Olver (D-Mass.), Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.), Smith (R-N.J.), Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Scott (D-Va.), Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Sarbanes (D-Md.), Nadler (D-N.Y.), Langevin (D-R.I.), Marino (R-Penn.), Hanna (R-N.Y.), Grimm (R-N.Y.), Holt (D-N.J.), Meeks (D-N.Y.), Fattah (D-Penn.) and Sens. Brown (D-Mass.) and Warner (D-Va.).
Notice the response to the worsening trends in these articles – the same responses that come out when our crime rates goes up and our family violence rates go up. Read on….Drug busts at schoolHerald on Sunday Sep 11, 2011The numbers of students being caught for drug offences are rising. Schools say this is a good thing, as it proves their harder line on drugs is working. Hundreds more students are being caught with drugs in high schools each year, official figures show. A principal at one Auckland college, where 116 students have been stood down for drugs in two-and-a-half years, said his students could buy joints for just $5. Principals say enhanced detection efforts are the main reason for increasing numbers of students being caught with drugs. Some high schools regularly bring in drug dogs. In the first five months of the year, nearly 1000 students were expelled, suspended, excluded or stood down, an Official Information Act request revealed, though the Education Ministry said the numbers were not yet finalised. In the two previous full years, the numbers increased from 2441 to 2690. Drugs overtake booze among intermediate pupilsHerald on Sunday Sep 11, 2011There are three times more drug incidents than ones involving alcohol at primary and intermediate schools. Ministry of Education figures obtained under the Official Information Act reveal that 659 students were involved in drug, booze or smoking incidents in primary and intermediate schools last year, down from 696 in 2009. Some of the children were as young as 7. Auckland Primary Principals Association president Terry Hewetson said the trend had changed over the years, with children as young as 11 taking drugs to school rather than booze. Glen Eden Intermediate School had the most incidents, with 26. The principal, Hewetson, said the school’s zero-tolerance approach was the main reason for the large number of reported incidents. Gee – and I just thought the major problem was that more and more kids are doing it. End of story.Based on what the principals are saying, no reason for panic.I completely disagree.