E-FEMA system a total flop
I have been unable to access the system for two days now. A call to the FEMA/USFA help line reveals that the system is hopelessly overloaded and the submission deadline has been extended to accomodate.
How has everyone else been making out with the system of the future.
if everyone who are having problems and can't be patient with the system as overloaded with all of us who have waited til the last couple of days(now extended 5 more days) would care to listen then I have come up with a great solution.
Forget about the grant program altogether since if you do get a grant you'll probably end up complaining that you won't get your money fast enough. Take your dept. out of the running now and then it would be that much easier for everyone else who understands(dosen't really like it but.......) and is willing to be a little more pateint than your are to get a grant and maybe they will give us a lot more than we want since there are so few depts. applying for grants.
In closing stop your constant whining about everything that comes down the road that isn't to your liking in your perfect world where everything goes exactly as you are told it will be or as you tell everyone it will be.
If we maybe did alot less complaining about things that can't be changed or anything done about and started to complain about things that can be changed and looked for solutions to the problems instead of just finding fault in things then maybe we might find changing things and getting what we want and need for the fire/rescue/EMS fields will be a little bit easier.
oh and as of the end of this writing(7:25 EST) I have been logged into the fema site for over an hour on the first try to get in.......I will be logging out to let all of the other depts out there who can only get in after being kicked out and trying for several hours or every 7 out of 10 times...........again good luck to all those that apply
What about next year......
If Bush's budget gets passed and FEMA is handing out 3.5 billion, how will the system hold up?
Remember, it won't be just 20,000 or so FD's, it will be open to all local EMS, Fire, Police and OEM. 75% of the $$ are slated to go to the locals.....