National Hurricane Center

Lessons from FEMA

Lessons from FEMA

Last year produced the most destructive hurricane season on record, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency now admits it blew the response. In a mea culpa report released last week, agency officials concede they badly underestimated and were ill-prepared for the Atlantic storm season that extensively damaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The tally from Puerto Rico alone — at least 64 lives lost (the unofficial estimate is closer to 1,000) and economic damages in the neighborhood of $100 billion in the wake of Hurricane Maria — followed by FEMA’s lackluster response and the Trump administration’s seeming indifference to the island’s plight remain a sore spot for many...

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