FEMA Administrator on Directing People to Internet: Oops
Yesterday, we reported that the White House and FEMA had encouraged people impacted by Hurricane Sandy to go to the internet for more information. Of course, one of the biggest problems caused by Hurricane Sandy was power outages, which would have made such efforts moot. Today, the Administrator of FEMA, William Craig Fugate, acknowledged that the effort had been misdirected, and finally suggested that FEMA would be putting human beings on the ground to reach people with power outages:
Yes, I know there’s no power and the Internet is not going to help and you can’t call 1-800-FEMA. That’s why we also put people on the ground, starting today, to go door to door, start getting into those neighborhoods. It will take time to reach everybody. But we also are aware that those that can call in can call 1-800-621-FEMA. And people already have registered. You can go online. Our website is mobile friendly, so you can register online if you’ve got connectivity. But we’re going to go into the neighborhoods with the state and reach out to everybody that may need assistance.
It might have been nice to let people know that yesterday.