“Non-Essential Services”

A friend of ours works with a theatre out in IA that’s lost almost everything as a result of the recent floods, and like many others – they had no flood insurance. Worse yet, FEMA considers theatres “non essential services” and so they will receive no funding whatsoever to help them rebuild.

If you’re a theatre person, and you can help, you can contact them:

to see if you can make a donation, of money or stuff, to help them out. Right now they’re performing out of the local high school’s auditorium, as of course, the show must go on.

2 Replies to ““Non-Essential Services””

  1. That’s bullshit. Businesses of any kind should get disaster aid. So Mom & Pop can’t get their lemonade stand back up, or convenience store? A theatre is a business like anything else, and it contributes to the local economy. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but this makes me mad. Rebuilding a community means rebuilding things like churches, theatres, sno-cone shacks, hot dog stands, video stores, musician repair services, et al… *sigh.

  2. Absolutely surprised at this. Is it Federal aide that was denied? Were they incorporated? Did they pay taxes or submit a non profit return? Did they own any specific properties, not just real estate?

    They need a good lawyer. Something is really wrong here. At minimum all property, including theatrical props, etc. should be covered.

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