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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:02 PM

FEMA's plan underestimated Puerto Rican hurricane

Source: Politico




In preparing for the storm, the disaster agency failed to anticipate the level of damage or extent of federal involvement required.

By DANNY VINIK 04/15/2018 06:55 AM EDT

The federal government significantly underestimated the potential damage to Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and relied too heavily on local officials and private-sector entities to handle the cleanup, according to a POLITICO review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s plan for the disaster.

The plan, which was developed by a FEMA contractor in 2014 in anticipation of a catastrophic storm and utilized by FEMA when Maria hit last September, prepared for a Category 4 hurricane and projected that the island would shift from response to recovery mode after roughly 30 days. In fact, Hurricane Maria was a “high-end” Category 4 storm with different locations on the island experiencing Category 5 winds. More than six months after Maria made landfall, the island is just beginning to shift to recovery mode.

More significantly, according to a half-dozen disaster-recovery experts who reviewed the document at POLITICO’s request, FEMA did not anticipate having to take on a lead role in the aftermath of the disaster, despite clear signs that the island’s government and critical infrastructure would be overwhelmed in the face of such a storm. Instead, the document largely relied on local Puerto Rico entities to restore the island’s power and telecommunications systems. It didn’t mention the financial instability of the Puerto Rican government and Puerto Rican electrical utility, factors that significantly complicated the immediate response to Maria.

“The plan truly didn’t contemplate the event the size of Maria,” said one person involved with FEMA’s response to Maria. “They made assumptions that people would be able to do things that they wouldn’t be able to do.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/15/puerto-rico-hurricane-fema-disaster-523033

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:06 PM

1. Puerto Rico's great misfortune was not having a REAL president when this happened.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:44 PM

4. This. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:14 PM

2. A "real" president of the USA and her administration would have PR

pretty much on the right track of recovery.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 03:32 PM

3. The plan was developed in 2014.

I don't think we have had a real FEMA director since James Lee Whitt

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