I honestly never thought that I would live through another Katrina.
But, this is so much worse. The problem in Katrina was getting the government’s response there. Once there, we sighed relief.
Not in this case. The incompetence of this response combined with the racism, is KILLING AMERICAN CITIZENS.
Have I heard a President talk about the cost of a hurricane, AS IF the hurricane were the victim’s fault
Have I heard a President talk about the economic problems of a place that suffered a hurricane.
Have I heard a President say that hurricane VICTIMS – WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING FOR THEM
I just haven’t.
But, we’ve heard ALL of this from the malignant incompetent in the White House now.
I watch, as Rachel Maddow has a tv crew, traveling up clear roads, to rural towns that have been devastated. And, the first question the journalists are asked is
ARE YOU FROM FEMA?
Maddow does her report, and FEMA gets back to her.
That IT’S NOT THEIR JOB TO GET THE SUPPLIES TO THE TOWN.
THAT’S THE MAYOR’S JOB.
SINCE WHEN IS IT NOT FEMA’S JOB TO GET THE SUPPLIES TO THOSE THAT NEED THE HELP?
Puerto Rico has a population a little larger than the state of Iowa.
You mean to tell me, if Iowa was devastated, and thrust back into the 19th Century, and, if the devastation were in those rural towns, far from Des Moines and Iowa City..
That ANYONE would purse their lips to say that the MAYORS of those rural towns, were responsible for getting to the major cities to get supplies to take them back to their rural towns?
IN WHAT WORLD?
You want to know what’s going on in Puerto Rico . Here is a tweet story from a journalist on the ground – this came out last Thursday.
David BegnaudVerified account @DavidBegnaud
Let me tell you what just happened as we walked into a neighborhood hospital in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico: the lights went out. (1/14)
(2/14) @drcarlosmellado welcomed us … patients sat, mostly silent, in the dark. The pharmacy, near the entrance, is running low on insulin
(3/14) 3 pharmacy techs are using flashlights to fill prescriptions. As we move thru another room, patients are sitting by candle light
(4/14) people smile as we walk by. Younger patients are using light from their iPhone to wave. Dr. Mellado takes us to the X-ray room.
(5/14) the door is locked. He’s explaining that they don’t have the sufficient power (even w/ a generator) or WiFi needed to perform X-rays
(6/14) he wants to show us the generator that @fema provided. We walk thru dark halls out into the back lot of the hospital.
(7/14) 3 men are standing out the generator. One of them is using a hose to pump diesel out of a barrel and into the generator.
(8/14) Dr. Mellado helps to hoist the barrel to get the last bit of diesel into the generator. It spills. His hands, lab coat are soiled
(9/14) He walks always, his head shaking. Another Dr. says the hospitals generator was bypassed by FEMA when it delivered the ‘bigger one’
(10/14) So, now there’s no back up. The generator is full but another doctors says it’ll take 1 hour to start. Dr. Mellado take us to the ER
(11/14) He washes his hands. There’s an annoying alarm. It’s an indicator that medical equipment has lost power. Staff is working diligently
(12/14) Patients are unfazed by our camera. But 2 ask not to be filmed. We thank @drcarlosmellado for his time & ask 4 more questions
(13/14) 1 of them: “what frustrates you the most?” – I “expected more of the federal response,” he said, but “we’re doing what we can.”
(14/14) 22 days post Maria most everyone needs more diesel, as well as food, water, & power. See what we saw, tonight on the @CBSEveningNews
I don’t believe it was an accident. When you have Dolt45 officials CHANGING THE OFFICIAL TOTALS DOWN IN PUERTO RICO, and then deny that they did it…
There are career folks that ARE PATRIOTS and give us the truth:
Pentagon accidentally included reporter in Puerto Rico spin talks
By Joe Concha – 10/13/17 10:07 AM EDT
Officials at the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accidentally included a Bloomberg climate reporter on an internal email distribution list that included discussions on how to present Puerto Rico recovery efforts to the media.
Bloomberg’s Christopher Flavelle said he repeatedly alerted officials at the Pentagon to the error but kept receiving emails for five days.
“Those messages, each of which was marked ‘unclassified,’ offer a glimpse into the federal government’s struggle to convince the public that the response effort was going well. That struggle was compounded by the commander-in-chief, and eased only when public attention was pulled to a very different disaster,” writes Flavelle in a Bloomberg story published Friday.
Flavelle goes on to share portions of the emails, which were sent between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 and mainly focus on President Trump’s war of words with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz over Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.
“Sept. 29: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz criticizes Washington’s spin, calling Puerto Rico a ‘people-are-dying story,’ ” reads one passage. “The Government Message: FEMA talking points ignore Cruz, instructing its officials to say that ‘the federal government’s full attention is on Hurricane Maria response.’ ”
Another from Oct. 2 shows concern over “negative tonality” of press coverage regarding the government’s efforts in Puerto Rico.
“Oct. 2: The massacre in Las Vegas dominates the headlines,” a portion of the email reads.
On that date, Bloomberg reports “The Government Message” as, “The shooting ‘has drawn mainstream TV attention away from Puerto Rico response,’ FEMA says. Still, the roundup seems to have lost some of its previous optimism. It concludes, simply: ‘Negative tonality.’ ”
The powerful hurricane hit Puerto Rico three weeks ago and most of the island still remains without power.
Trump’s neglect has created ‘perfect storm of death, disease and decay’ in Puerto Rico
14 Oct 2017 at 16:12 ET
Misty Richards, a registered nurse from Oregon who volunteered with the teachers union, worries there will be a slow increase in deaths, as people in rural communities lack medicine and nutrition.
Those with the money and resources to leave are able to head to the U.S. mainland, but not everyone is so fortunate. As well-off citizens leave the destruction behind, that leaves fewer people in the community to aid those who have nothing, creating a resource drain, Richards said.
“I wish I could say that I thought it wasn’t a socioeconomic caste system, but it absolutely is,” Richards told Newsweek. “These Puerto Ricans are being treated like they are disposable. It’s been inhumane.”
When Maria hit PR, the power at Carmelo’s home went. A generator was found. But fumes were making Carmelo sick. So, he was moved (2/9)
Now, understand, that the USS COMFORT is in San Juan.
This massive floating hospital has beds, staff and state of the art equipment for 800 patients.
As of LAST FRIDAY, it had EIGHT PATIENTS.
AND, DON’T FORGET