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

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.”


Manthong azusgm Sun, 08/27/2017 - 19:00 Permalink

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“Houston ain't new orleans.” ..it’s only a small percentage New Orleans.

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greenskeeper carl peddling-fiction Sun, 08/27/2017 - 19:26 Permalink

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.

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azusgm greenskeeper carl Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:17 Permalink

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.Winning.

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dogismycopilot greenskeeper carl Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05 Permalink

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. 

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HRH Feant2 (not verified) Sun, 08/27/2017 - 17:03 Permalink

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!

konadog HRH Feant2 (not verified) Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:22 Permalink

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.

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Andre Sun, 08/27/2017 - 17:12 Permalink

"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.