Taking Stock of the Current Situation
The data is grim at every level — local, state, and national. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the House Majority Whip, says that unemployment is hitting close to 24% in Sumter County, SC. Michigan has over 11.6% unemployment.
For the first time, FEMA invited a private sector organization — namely BCLC — to sit in a Joint Field Office as they coordinate the response to a major storm, in this case, Hurricane Ike. So Ollie Davidson and I jumped on a plane on a Tuesday and went down to Austin where the JFO is headquarter