Hurricane Michael Reminds Us We Can’t Count on FEMA to Save Us

If you contribute to federal taxes – or have ever done so – you’ve helped fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

We all understand our taxes are needed for federal programs that help people who need it. Such as those who suffer when natural disasters occur.

But wouldn’t it be great if the agencies receiving those funds were able to perform as they were designed to? Wouldn’t it be nice if the people who need timely help following an extreme weather event or other disaster actually received it?

Hurricane Michael was the latest natural disaster to wreak havoc on the United States. And many of the storm’s victims feel they aren’t getting enough help.

Michael Strongest Storm in Nearly 50 Years

The Category 4 storm that made landfall in Florida was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S. Ever. And the strongest since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

In terms of maximum sustained wind speed, it was the most intense since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Wind speeds were 155 miles per hour as the hurricane made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10.

The storm then plunged into Georgia and other states. At one point, the Edison Electric Institute reported that 1.2 million customers were without electricity.

Entire Cities Were Crushed

The worst damage was in Florida. Mexico Beach was flattened. Panama City was mangled. Everywhere you looked, transformers, power poles, electrical lines, roofs, trees and more were scattered.

Schools, banks, stores and homes were either severely damaged or completely destroyed. Even ATMs were not working as they require power.

Many residents had to rely on bottled water and baby wipes to wash off with at the end of days of hard labor.

In some parts, there is still no electricity and no running water, more than 2 weeks after the storm.

‘We’re Not Getting Help. We Need Food.’

One Florida resident, Barbara Sanders, said, “We’re not getting any help. We need food. It’s just crazy.”

Another resident, Chantelle Goolspy, echoed her statement. “We’re in need of food, water, anything. We’re not getting help.”

Volunteers showed up to help. Local churches pitched in to contribute. Police officers, members of the National Guard and first responders were doing what they could.

A FEMA representative told a local TV station that they were assessing the damage. And that residents should apply for disaster relief if they were not eligible for help elsewhere.

As Expected, FEMA Fails

Now, it would be easy to sit back and blame FEMA for this mess.

And yes, it seems like an agency that gets as much federal funding as FEMA ought to be able to respond faster and better to an emergency.

But the sad fact is, when massive storms such as Hurricane Michael come calling, there’s a good possibility that there are going to be some who lose their lives. Homes and businesses are going to be damaged or destroyed. And power is going to go out and stay out for a while.

It’s inevitable. And even the greatest agency in the world would not be able to provide relief to people in a timely fashion. It’s impossible.

FEMA Warning To America

That is exactly why FEMA Director Brock Long gave a warning to Americans just earlier this year.
Director Long warned Americans cannot rely on federal help when disaster strikes and that ultimately they will have to take care of themselves.

FEMA states: “every American should have at least 72 hours of non-perishable food on hand in case of a natural disaster.”

Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other threats can make obtaining sufficient food impossible in an emergency.

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