Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Militia group places unconfirmed item about FEMA

Item was unsolicited

An item placed on The Legendary Jim Parks' Facebook page by a third party, attributed to Wayne and Teresa Grabs of Grace Buildings, Mexia, is unconfirmed, unsolicited, and, according to Mr. Grabs, he has no way to confirm its veracity.
Sgt. Ricky Moore

"I just hope it doesn't cause people to stop donating," said Mr. Grabs, who is a former paramedic and volunteer fire department instructor. He taught Emergency Medical Services at McLennan Community College.

According to the item, since removed, a woman with a background in accountancy who volunteered to keep track of items donated for distribution to disaster victims at West learned that the federal agency is assigning a dollar value to bottled water, clean clothing, building materials and other items, and the amount will be deducted from any relief payments made to the City of West - if and when they are made.

"I think somebody has hacked my Facebook page," said Mr. Grabs.

Additionally, the item - an unattributed e-mail forwarded to Mr. Grabs by another party who likewise gave no attribution for the item - the FEMA officials have been collecting guns from the blast zone, and have no intention to give them back unless an owner can identify them by make, model and serial number.

"I have no way of knowing if that's true," said Mr. Grabs in a follow-up interview.

Sgt. Ricky Moore of the McLennan County Minutemen posted the item here without invitation, calling Teresa Grabs "a person of interest." Mr. Moore is seeking Certified Emergency Response Training (CERT) for his organization.

He says he cannot get the attention or cooperation of the McLennan County Sheriff's Office. He offered no reason as to why the attention he seeks is not forthcoming. Mr. Moore is a certified security guard, and claims the status of a Concealed Carry Handgun Licensee. 

According to published reports, though the West disaster has not been granted that status by President Obama, FEMA is authorized to make a 75 percent reimbursement to the expenses the blast caused the City of West. No determination has been made to date.

So it goes. - The Legendary

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