FEMA Criticized for Slow Action

Ad noted in earlier postings, FEMA is working 22 declarations and in the process of hiring 2,000 workers. Therefore, it is not a surprise that response and recovery in the areas recently struck by major hurricanes are lagging. See: Still Waiting for FEMA in Texas and Florida After Hurricanes

Outside the White House this month, President Trump boasted about the federal relief efforts. “In Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus,” he said. FEMA officials say that they are successfully dealing with enormous challenges posed by an onslaught of closely spaced disasters, unlike anything the agency has seen in years. But on the ground, flooded residents and local officials have a far more critical view.

According to interviews with dozens of storm victims, one of the busiest hurricane seasons in years has overwhelmed federal disaster officials. As a result, the government’s response in the two biggest affected states — Texas and Florida — has been scattershot: effective in dealing with immediate needs, but unreliable and at times inadequate in handling the aftermath, as thousands of people face unusually long delays in getting basic disaster assistance.

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