Rebecca Richardson wanted to give voice to the frustrations her friends and neighbors expressed about the denial of FEMA funds for Washington. She never expected the letter she posted on Facebook would get nearly 1,000 shares and hundreds of comments.
The Washington woman and stay-at-home mom posted the letter addressed to the president on March 6, the day after it was announced that FEMA denied Illinois’ petition for funds.
“I figured he is never going to see it, but I never expected to see this response from people on Facebook,” Richardson said. “People are very frustrated and they want to be heard.”
That led Richardson to start a petition drive on the WhiteHouse.gov website to get the FEMA processes changed. She needs 100,000 signatures by April 5 for the petition to be presented to President Obama.
Richardson said she is realistic about getting the required signatures. She had 1,300 on Monday. But she adds, “Wouldn’t that be something if this little town of 15,000 can get this on the President’s desk?
Richardson’s petition is at: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/hear-our-voice-about-fema-and-its-process-acceptance-or-denial-after-natural-disasters/BbKWlZNb