FEMA: We're almost out of supplies!


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October 26, 2005, 03:06 PM
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5371552,00.html

Miami: Emergency Supplies Are Dwindling
Wednesday October 26, 2005 6:46 PM
AP Photo FLJC103
By ALLEN BREED
Associated Press Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The mayor of Miami-Dade County warned that emergency supplies were dwindling Wednesday, a new blow to victims of Hurricane Wilma who had hoped to avoid another frustrating day of long lines for food and water.

At least one distribution site in Miami-Dade was out of supplies, and the other 10 were running low with material from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mayor Carlos Alvarez said.

``We are not hoarding supplies anywhere. They have been distributed,'' he said. ``When this inventory runs out at these different distribution centers, we do not know and FEMA cannot tell us when they will be resupplied.''

He said it could be Wednesday night before the stocks are resupplied. ``I cannot give you a timetable because, ladies and gentlemen, quite frankly, we don't control those assets.''

Alvarez called the relief process ``flawed'' and called for more control and oversight.

FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said she has ``seen the hundreds of trucks prepositioned'' at Homestead and in Jacksonville full of supplies. But she said she would check into the specifics of Alvarez's complaints.

Items Americans usually take for granted - a bag of ice, a fast-food burger, a gallon of gas - have taken hours of patience to get since Hurricane Wilma made its destructive sweep through southern Florida.

Police watched over the few gas stations that were open as a precaution in case motorists' tempers flared while they waited for up to five hours to buy fuel.

``I need gas for my generator so I can go to work and make some money,'' said Hector Vasquez, 36, who repairs windows. ``This shouldn't be this difficult.''

Florida Power & Light, the state's biggest utility, said Wilma affected more of its 4.3 million customers than any other natural disaster in the company's history. By Wednesday, service was restored to about 20 percent of the 3.2 million customers who lost service - but the company warned Floridians that total restoration may take weeks.

The 21st storm in the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, Wilma was blamed for at least five deaths in Florida. Before hitting the United States, the hurricane killed at least four people in Mexico, one in Jamaica and 12 in Haiti.

Thousands of haggard tourists battled for airline and bus seats out of Mexico's hurricane-battered Caribbean resorts, but thousands more remained stranded Wednesday. Officials said about 22,000 foreign tourists remained in the area Tuesday, down from a peak of almost 40,000.

There were signs of progress Wednesday in Florida: More streets were cleared of debris, a few restaurants opened and domestic flights resumed at Miami International Airport. Even trash removal returned to some areas.

Many residents, however, shared frustration over what they felt was the slow pace of aid. Trucks carrying the first wave of relief - food, ice and water - either arrived much later than local officials expected Tuesday or didn't show up at all.

At a distribution center at the Orange Bowl near downtown Miami, about 500 people were in line Wednesday to get supplies that were arriving during the morning. Even more people had been at the stadium Tuesday, when supplies arrived late.

``I need the ice and water desperately. I have a diabetic son and I need to keep his insulin cool,'' said Gloria Duzallon, 38, a medical office manager from Hollywood.

Nine hours after she got in line Tuesday at one designated relief-supply location, Fanie Aristil, 23, of North Miami wearily left for home with 28 pounds of ice and six liters of bottled water.

``All that time,'' Aristil said. ``This is all we get?''

Businesses also were having trouble meeting demand. Hundreds of people lined up outside one home-supply store, desperate for cleanup and other supplies. At a handful of fast-food restaurants open in the Miami area burgers were available - to those willing to endure two-hour waits.

FEMA spokeswoman Frances Marine urged Floridians to be patient, and reminded residents that officials had recommended that people have 72 hours of essential supplies on hand ahead of Wilma's arrival.

``People will have their needs met,'' Marine said. ``The bottom line is that there's a plan in place.''

President Bush planned a Thursday visit to assess damage in Florida.

The quantity of debris is daunting: Pieces of roofs, trees, signs, awnings, fences, billboards and pool screens were scattered across several counties, including the state's most populous region - the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area. Damage estimates ranged up to $10 billion.

Wilma was the strongest hurricane to strike Lauderdale since 1950. Wind of more than 100 mph blew windows out of high-rises, many built before Florida enacted tougher construction codes following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Does anyone still live with the illusion that can rely on anything else for your safety in a disaster?

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spartacus2002
October 26, 2005, 04:07 PM
Why, oh why, don't people stock up on canned goods and bottled water in advance?

Headless Thompson Gunner
October 26, 2005, 04:12 PM
Why, oh why, don't people stock up on canned goods and bottled water in advance?Because looting is more fun?

Standing Wolf
October 26, 2005, 06:10 PM
Why don't we just take money for more emergency supplies out of the B.A.T.F.E.'s budget? How's that for a reasonable compromise, eh?

AirForceShooter
October 27, 2005, 10:55 AM
and these are the people that will help us after an attack by the really really bad guys.
do they give us notice so we can stock up?

I want to scream.

AFS

pcf
October 27, 2005, 11:22 AM
To loosely quote Gov. Bush from this mornings news, "We gave everyone 6 days notice to get out, or stock up on water and food. I don't why they're out [of supplies]already and in lines"

It's really a Conspiracy between Pres "Stalin" Bush and his brother Gov "Mugabe" Bush, to starve all the black people in Florida.

shermacman
October 27, 2005, 11:35 AM
This Christmas, I will drive to my mother's house in the snow across Massachusetts and upstate New York. It will be very cold. There are a limited number of hours of daylight. Cell phone connectivity is terrible.

I will drive on bald tires, a quarter tank of gas and broken windshield wipers. I will take my two kids.

If I run into problems, FEMA will need to rescue me. They need to be patrolling the highways. We will need blankets and hot food. They will need to replace my tires, wipers and fill my gas tank. For free.

I can't be responsible for the weather.

Greg L
October 27, 2005, 11:50 AM
It's the same people who around here demand free fans because it is too hot & they don't have a/c. The next year they want another fan because the previous year when it cooled off in the fall they threw their (functioning) fan away :banghead: .

There are days when I wouldn't mind a serious disaster on a global scale just to put some long overdue chlorine in the gene pool.....

dasmi
October 27, 2005, 11:58 AM
Stop giving out $2,000 dollar debit cards, and spend the money on supplies, FEMA.
And everyone, PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A DISASTER. Keep your own stocks of essential items. I just started preparing my home this weekend, and while I don't have everything I need yet, I looked at what I'd accomplished, and felt very good about it. I won't be heading to any FEMA or Red Cross centers when something bad happens in San Diego.

pcf
October 27, 2005, 11:59 AM
I will drive on bald tires, a quarter tank of gas and broken windshield wipers. I will take my two kids.

For Pete's sake, some people are such idiots, you forgot to flush your radiator and fill it with distilled water. Did you drain the fluid from the brake lines so they don't freeze and crack? You also forgot to loosen the lugnuts (they need space to contract in the cold)

8 hurricanes in a little over a year.
Burned once
Twice Shy
Thrice ......etc, _______(fill in the blank)

dasmi
October 27, 2005, 12:02 PM
``People will have their needs met,'' Marine said. ``The bottom line is that there's a plan in place.''
How about people meet their own needs?
``I need gas for my generator so I can go to work and make some money,'' said Hector Vasquez, 36, who repairs windows. ``This shouldn't be this difficult.''
Perhaps you should have saved some money, or stockpiled some gas, Hector.

Alex45ACP
October 27, 2005, 12:11 PM
I liked what Jeb Bush said about this, something like people have had weeks to prepare and can't blame the government for this.

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