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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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