FEMA was vastly un­pre­pared for Puerto Rico hur­ri­cane, re­port says

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency’s plans for a cri­sis in Puerto Rico were based on a fo­cused dis­as­ter such as a tsunami, not a ma­jor hur­ri­cane dev­as­tat­ing the whole is­land.

The agency vastly un­der­es­ti­mated how much food and fresh wa­ter it would need, and how hard it would be to get other sup­plies to the is­land. And when the killer storm did come, FEMA’s ware­house in Puerto Rico was nearly empty.

Those and other short­com­ings are de­tailed in a re­port as­sess­ing the agency’s re­sponse to the 2017 storm sea­son, when three ma­jor hur­ri­canes slammed the United States in quick suc­ces­sion.

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