Former FEMA administrator: Must learn from Hurricane Irma when building back Florida cities

Former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate tells George Stephanopoulos that Florida cannot be built back the same way after the state is likely devastated by Hurricane Irma.
2:49 | 09/10/17

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Transcript for Former FEMA administrator: Must learn from Hurricane Irma when building back Florida cities
E H knows he'll be there for the next 12, 24 hours. A long day ahead. I want to bring in Craig Fugate. The former administrator of FEMA. Talk about the lessons you learned and how they can apply here? I think you are seeing that after Katrina, we learned that FEMA can't wait until the governor makes questions. The other important lesson we have learned is we can't build it back the way it was. We're going to see devastation. This will be an opportunity for build back for future risk. We have to be smart. Thedy disasters are going to start reaching the point where we can't keep paying for them the same way. We may be seeing the benefit in Miami. All the changes this building codes and regulations after hurricane Andrew have made a difference. They are making a difference. We're going to see exactly how much difference as we look at older construction versus new. Another area we're not talking about that is vulnerable. We have large manufacturered housing populations. Many of those retirement communities. As much as we talk about the storm surge, we have a lot of people in wind and tornado areas that have been ordered to evacuate. We'll see those impacts increase as well. You have multiple dangers. Hurricane force wibds. The possibility of forte dotornadoes. And the concern about storm surge. Water is the big killer in hurricanes. I heard you talking to folks staying on their boats. Most of the deaths we have seen have been people at sea and boats, even in the harbors. That's not safe. Death by drowning is what we talk about when we talk about storm surge. You have to move to higher ground. Folks still north of the track, they have time. They don't have days. They have hours. Matt mentioned this deal this week. Thank goodness, the funding has come through. It does seem, you know, not the most efficient way to deal with disaster to be passing these emergency programs after every time a hurricane, storm, earthquake hits. We were doing pretty good. Harvey and Irma are the kinds of we need supplementals. We have the look at FEMA funded to respond to disasters all the time as well as the realization that it will take a lot more than FEMA to rebuild. H.U.D. And others will need money. Thank you, Craig. We'll be right back. MARIA is an incredible mom. When it comes to helping her daughter, shopping for groceries, unclogging the sink, setting updentist appointments

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