Is FEMA Ready For Hurricane Florence?
Article from Reason by Joe Setyon.
The East Coast is scrambling as residents prepare for Hurricane Florence’s landfall later this week. States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, with government officials warning people to take Florence very seriously.
More than a million people have been forced to evacuate their homes, including everyone on the coast of South Carolina. Long story short: Florence is a big deal. It’s already been upgraded to a Category 4 storm, and could even become the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Southeastern coastal region.
Residents aren’t the only ones prepping for Florence’s landfall; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is getting ready too. FEMA has set up “incident support bases” at military facilities in North and South Carolina so it can provide hurricane victims with essentials like food, water, and blankets, according to USA Today.
Unfortunately, there’s a pretty big chance FEMA is going to muck it up. How can you tell? Just look at the agency’s record when it comes to disaster response. In the past 13 years alone (since Hurricane Katrina), FEMA has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars and repeatedly shown it’s not great at, you know, managing emergencies.
Read the entire article at Reason.
We have been told that FEMA is underfunded, or just plain “broke”. We have seen Government commercials on TV to prepare to be self supporting for at least three days (or more, depending on the PSA commercial). So, why depend on them at all? During Katrina, FEMA and the State Guard went from house to house in New Orleans “stealing” firearms that were never returned. They left the people helpless – so why should we depend on FEMA at all?