(ReliableNews.org) – Officials within the Federal Agency Management Agency (FEMA) are worried the agency is being stretched too thin, with disasters striking the United States one after the other.
According to a September 8 Politico exclusive, FEMA officials are worried that the agency is about to reach its “breaking point”. Four senior officials reportedly told journalists the agency may be close to its limit in the wake of all recent disasters. They are especially concerned about the ability to respond to emergencies in the coming months if COVID-19 continues to surge.
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One unnamed FEMA official pointed out that hurricane season is just ramping up. They asked, “What happens if there is a major storm … and then there is another massive surge of cases?”
90 percent of hurricanes during ‘hurricane season’ usually occur between August and October. The U.S. is right in the middle of peak season. FEMA is currently trying to help people impacted by Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the east coast since Hurricane Katrina.
At the same time, hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 Delta variant patients. The agency is also responding to more than 60 other emergencies, including massive wildfires that continue to spread throughout the west coast.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, a FEMA spokesperson, denied the agency is on the brink of collapse. She said it’s more than capable of handling multiple emergencies at once.
Evidently, there is a lack of communication that is not being addressed within the same federal organism, as it appears no one seems to be on the same page on handling or mitigating future disasters. At this point, it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when”.
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