FEMA: "We're Going To Be There For Years" As Trump Visits Texas On Tuesday

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In response to the historic flooding in Texas, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (i.e. FEMA) was quoted by CNN saying that his agency is gearing up for a years-long effort to help the recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey. "FEMA is going to be there for years," administrator Brock Long said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." He said that "this disaster is going to be a landmark event."

Spearheading the government's emergency and crisis response, FEMA is focused on the immediate reaction to the storm, but is also "pushing forward" teams focused on recovery housing and flood insurance program policy. "We're setting up and gearing up for the next couple years."

While Long compared the current crisis to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he said Harvey poses different challenges and was "nothing like" it. He stressed the days-long threat it poses as it makes its way further into Texas. "This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet," he said.

The FEMA head said President Trump had given him all the power he needs to mobilize for the storm, and when asked about key vacancies in the administration and how that might affect the response, Long said he was unconcerned. "I don't even have time to worry about it right now."

Earlier, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also emphasized the need for residents in the path of the storm to "listen to all warnings from local officials" in an interview on CNN.  Abbott added that state and federal responders are coordinating effectively. "I've talked to President Trump several times, as well as his Cabinet members and his officials, and especially the head of FEMA," Abbott said. "And we've made multiple requests, and we're getting absolutely everything we need."

Trump, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, continued to tweet Sunday morning about the response and recovery efforts in Texas, saying he was about to hold a Cabinet teleconference on the effort.

Trump also praised the interagency response. "Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government," the President wrote. "Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued." The president added: "Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground."

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that he will be "going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety,” and a few hours later on Sunday afternoon, the White House confirmed  that Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday. The details of the trip, including the location of Trump's visit, are still to be determined.

“The president will travel to Texas on Tuesday," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials, and once details are finalized, we will let you know. We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Sanity Bear's picture

Why, we could string the government contracts on this one out to 2045 if we play our cards right here.

vato poco's picture

"years". fuck you, fema. Houston ain't new orleans. people clean up the mess and get back to work in Texas

Skateboarder's picture

Good luck trying to take their guns.

OceanX's picture

Well, you know they will get a new golf course!  Maybe casinos to boot!

The_Juggernaut's picture

Trump should fire this idiot.  FEMA should wrap it up as soon as there is no longer an EMERGENCY.

FoggyWorld's picture

They certainly didn't help during Sandy and showed up three weeks after it was over in office attire.   Absolute waste of time and taxpayer money but it's an Empire.

peddling-fiction's picture

"We're Going To Be There For Years"

Time to fire up them FEMA camps.

They want to be around for the next 1000 years.

1000 points of light, coming right up.

cheka be cheka.

God Emperor's picture

Plenty of homeless spics for FEMA to house them. They should de-lice them also.

Arpaio will be back to work in notime.

Even though some kosher eating RINOs don't like it.

Ryan, Flake and McCain Disapproved of Sheriff Joe Pardon


Paul Kersey's picture
FEMA: "We're Going To Be There For Years"

But will insolvent FEMA be around for years?

Handful of Dust's picture

Where will Trump land? Hobby and Bush International are both under water?

azusgm's picture


Ellington Field may be open, but I doubt that they will be in any shape to land airplanes. He might be able to land at Barksdale AFB or DFW and come in on something smaller so he and Greg Abbott and get into a helicopter and take a ride.

The weather map says to wait.

jcaz's picture

Let's hear about a FEMA success story.....


peddling-fiction's picture

Success to the zio´s is not the kind of success we are looking for.

svayambhu108's picture

Landing ... who needs landing...

We have submarines, very powerful!

Manthong's picture


“Houston ain't new orleans.”

..it’s only a small percentage New Orleans.

runswithscissors's picture

We're going to need a really big sponge.

new game's picture

ALL THAT MATTERS:is this gonna fuk up the football opener?

shankster's picture

Houston is more like El Salvador.

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azusgm's picture

FEMA: "We're Going To Be There For Years"

No. You. Are. Not.

freedogger's picture

We had our city back (Calgary) in three weeks after our flood. Whole downtown core was underwater. Houston will rally too I'm sure. 

PrezTrump's picture

Plenty of homeless white trash for FEMA to house them. They should de-lice them also.

There, fixed it for ya
greenskeeper carl's picture

My main thought wasn't so much the FEMA camps of legend, but of the massive amounts of pork spending that will occur, paying exhorbinant amounts of money for connected companies to set up tent cities or 'temporary' trailers to house all the illegals and indignants down there. People like KBR are no doubt drooling over the prospects. Necessary or not, I have no doubt that they will stretch this out into years of wasting money. I look at these things as corporate welfare, kinda like our military.

azusgm's picture

One of the special touchs from Katrina had to do with the emergency provisions for feeding emergency workers and people who were stuck in New Orleans. Some of the local chefs were doing the cooking. Then FEMA moved in their contractor. It was either Marriott or Sysco, IIRC. The chefs had been feeding people hot cajun food for about $6.50 to $8 a plate. FEMA paid their contractor about $16/plate for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


greenskeeper carl's picture

Not surprising in the least. Sounds just about right, pay twice as much for a shittier product. And thats just scratching the surface, Im sure.

dogismycopilot's picture

a US contractor from Afghanistan that I know worked for a company that had a $100 million FEMA contract - that's $100 million annually. They were paid an annual retainer of $100K just to be on call for a major event like this.

Trust me, these guys know how to milk a cow. And his company was a small company.

They are probably in the company jet on the way if they haven't landed already. 

tuetenueggel's picture

Its a shithole filled with turds.

MozartIII's picture

They got kiicked out of Joplin because the screwed up the process of contractors being able to get any thing done. Texas should just ban them from entering the damaged area, or the whole state in general. It would speed up the recovery process immensely!

macholatte's picture


Going long mobile homes and trailer parks.


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Note to Women:

Arm yourself. Do not permit yourself to be walled in a sports stadium . keep a spare knife in your boot and a razor in your pussy

Benito_Camela's picture

LOL blade in the pussy...what could possibly go wrong? 

LadyMarmalade's picture

Knife or gun, yes.  Razor...where?!  O_O

e_goldstein's picture

Good luck trying to take their guns.

Text message conversation I had with a buddy of mine on the west side of Houston today:

Me: You have enough food, water and shotgun shells?

Him: Yep, you?

Me: I'm good.

FoggyWorld's picture

It's almost five years since Sandy and we still aren't finished the largest Do-It-Yourself program that I have ever seen.

shankster's picture

Houston is still a dump.

Nothing's picture

We need a wall.  To keep out the water.  You know, the water that is illegally trying to enter our great country.   Let Mothjer Nature pay for it!

GatorMcClusky's picture

Years? Doubt it. Country doesn't have that long.

robertsgt40's picture

FEMA,  do us a fkg favor in Texas. Stay the fk away. 

I am Jobe's picture

Maybe the Chinese can help Texas 

tuetenueggel's picture

Why should they for god´s sake ??

Fundies's picture

The Saints are coming. 

HRH Feant2's picture

I sw this asshat a few mintues ago. Years? Fucking years? When did emergency help become a reason to move in and take over? Fuck this nanny state BS!

Benito_Camela's picture

Yeah, and 90% of FEMA's budget in emergency situations goes to private contractors. Nanny state looks after corporations first and foremost. 

jcaz's picture

No, they look after THEMSELVES first and foremost.....

serotonindumptruck's picture

Just wait until FEMA compliance officers begin condemning virtually all single/multiple family dwellings due to black mold infestation.

It's time to begin herding the cattle into their FEMA corral.

konadog's picture

Oh yea. I'm sure those FEMA chair warmers sitting around surfing the web are going to be a "yuge" help shoveling mud out of living rooms and clearing roads.  How about hiring some of the 30% of Americans who are out of work to actually go down there and clean-up the GD mess. There's a new idea: gubbermint actually getting something done.

Andre's picture

"Heckova job, Brownie"

Look for Academi/Dyncorp/G4S to be on the ground.

I guess we'll see how much of what they learned from Katrina. Speaking of which, the folks from NO that got relocated there and stayed - yeah. They are real happy right now.

dogismycopilot's picture

There are also numerous 'small' contractors below that level in the FEMA ecosystem. 

Frightening once you see the waste.

bugs_'s picture

We recently shut down the Y2K office

perpetual war

perpetual disaster relief

perpetual until the financial collapse that is

I am Jobe's picture

Americas has been in Emergency Mode since the 60's.