How FEMA is helping during Harvey

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long discusses the plans for search and rescue following the now Category 1 hurricane.
3:53 | 08/26/17

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Want to move now to the FEMA administrator rock along. Who's in charge of making sure that the emergency response in this country's robust. Mr. long thank you very much for joining us on this Saturday morning. Good morning. City with so Lou as as we all know and then in you certainly know after Hurricane Katrina which was twelve years ago this Tuesday. Your. 88 theme your agency took beating politically and in the public guy for. What many viewed was an inadequate response so as we head into this. Their biggest and strongest storm to hit this country in twelve years. Are you from. Pair. Yeah absolutely FEMA is vastly different from the from the days of Katrina and we learned a lot from that event. You know congress passed meaningful legislation through the camera to allow us the ability to move forward. Last night the president expedited. The governor's major disaster declaration request and approve that. We've been in this state for over 48 hours raise support our state and local partners and with that debt disaster declaration request we can move forward. And bring the entire firepower on federal government down to help our state local governments meet their response and recovery go. Brock you and I spoke yesterday when Harvey was a category two storm it made landfall as act. Category four storm it is certainly catastrophic it is not going anywhere any time soon. Talk a little bit about what you're anticipating what the actuality is and how you're going to go about getting help to those who need it. Unfortunately the citizens of Texas are about to enter a very long and deadly handle an event you know this this system is. This is just the beginning so we're gonna see over the next 48 to 72 hours devastating rainfall. We realize that I think that'd that the primary missions are going to be focused around search and rescue swift water rescue right off the bat. We're going to be worried about mass care long term mass care. I sizable individual assistance and housing effort. As well as being able to mobilize. Life saving and sustaining commodities so we are already prepositioning teams in an effort to be able to support our state. The way emergency management works is in all disasters begin and end at the local level. They decide the mission priorities they worked them up through the state and our our support is designed to help the states achieve those goals. You're heading into a key few days and I just got to ask you feel that you have the resources. You need there's been some reporting about the fact that some some top positions in your agency are not filled do you feel like you have what you need. I got what I need. Despite the the positions the appointments. We're moving forward I got a great staff as you can see behind me I got a dedicated staff. We're working around the clock and I've got knowledgeable people with a lot of experience despite having those positions in place we're moving forward. Brock what's your biggest challenge. Well the biggest challenger the biggest concern I have right now is the isolation that many Texas citizens are gonna face. We have not built a true culture of preparedness in this country we got a lot of work to better prepare citizens and unfortunately. What scares me or what keeps me up at night right now is many of the citizens in Texas are going to be isolated in their house. And their houses or their dwellings for multiple days. It's going to be a very sizable mission. To support citizens. And with the weather event we can't just fly helicopters and we can't get to people right now until the weather subsides because we can't put our own resources and in danger. You talk about that culture of preparedness we've been talking a lot this morning about the fact that. There is what some people call hurricane amnesia after these twelve long years of of not having a storm of this size so let's just hope that everybody's able to make it through this safely brought along. Thank you and very we sent you the best wishes and best luck as we head into this tumultuous time. Thank you.

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