Why would I lie or fake this information? Are you dense?
Why would the Department of Transportation do likewise? Are you?
Most of their vehicles are all registered to the same person - a family matriarch or patriarch. So while there might be 5 driver’s in a household, ONE PERSON owns the vehicles.
Percentage of African-American households without a vehicle: 24.1%
Percentage of same when household income below $15,000: 46.5%
(source: FHWA, Department of Transportation)
You made the claim (specifically, “Please do not think these people had nothing. I have taken literally hundreds of claims from people who needed to file claims for MULTIPLE vehicles left in their driveways during the storm. How did they get out? By helicopter or boat. BEFORE the water began to rise they made a conscious decision to remain home.”), you back it up. In the best-case scenario nearly a quarter of the people affected will have had their decision made for them, and statistically nearly half of those who had the least to start with will now have nothing, if they survived. These people will not call you or anyone like you, as they will not have insurance.
Percentage of African-Americans without insurance: 19.7%
Percentage of all races when household income below $25,000: 24.3%
Percentage of people officially living in poverty in LA: 16.8%
Percentage of people officially living in poverty in US: 12.8%
(source: The 2004 US Census at census.gov).
Don’t put statistics up unless you can BACK them up.
The statistics are your government’s.
I’m the one sitting on the phone taking calls from them all day long.
Yes, I bet it’s very busy after a CAT4 hurricane, and probably quite stressful. I would sympathise, but then you knew the hurricane was coming and yet you made a “conscious decision” to go on working didn’t you? Cry me a river.