State and federal officials aren’t making any excuses for failing to get relief supplies quickly to some of Hurricane Wilma’s victims.
Jeb Bush says the massive relief effort wasn’t enough to meet the need, but he’s promising things will get better.
Jeb bush led the new heads of FEMA and Homeland Security into a news conference to apologize to Wilma’s victims for not getting help to them within 24 hours as promised.
“We did not meet those expectations and I accept responsibility for that.”
The state and feds are under fire for misdirecting some relief convoys, and not having enough points of distribution of food, water and ice. But this time, no one’s pointing fingers at someone else for dropping the ball, and that includes FEMA.
David Paulison is the FEMA director and says, “We had a lot of people standing in lines that we didn’t like to see. We’re going to increase the supply lines. We want those people back in their homes. We want the power back on.”
The major problem with gas supply is of course, no power to pump, and Jeb Bush says he is considering a state law requiring gas stations to have backup generators, like the state does with nursing homes.
In the meantime, Florida Power and Light is focusing on restoring power along major transportation routes first to at least get some of the gas stations going.
And Jeb Bush says look for another 20 distribution points and nearly 600 truckloads of food, water and ice within the next day. He hopes victims will continue to be patient.
”We didn’t perform to where we want to be yesterday. Today is significantly better, and it will be better after that.”
Both the governor and FEMA director pointed out that they have repeatedly asked residents to have three days’ worth of supplies of food and water to get by after a storm.
But they say the state and feds still should have had relief supplies available within the 24-hour time frame they set, and are working hard to get supplies where they need to be by Thursday.