I complained yesterday Trump and FEMA were failing as regards Michael. They failed to show up for duty!
Trump needs to make a few visits to the devastated areas. More important than flying around the country doing 3 political rallies a week.
Someone commented today better the President stayed away at this time. Might disrupt recovery efforts. What recovery efforts as you will see as this blog unwinds. The affected people need to know their leader is behind them and cares. He does not even have to bring paper towels.
The real failure at the moment if FEMA. Still in Washington. Doing TV shows trying to bullshit the country as to the great job being done.
I stated people needed the basics. Water and food first. Then ice, power, sewage, and shelter. Most of the tiny barrier towns are reporting it will be at least 2 months before they have water, sewage, and power.
What do they do in the meantime? The government, federal and state, must step in and help. One of the reasons government exists is to help in times of disaster.
No one appeared to be complaining yesterday re Trump and FEMA’s failures. I decided too. Not because I am a genius. My age comes into play. Eighty three. I have seen a lot over the years. Puerto Rico and other disasters. Government failure in New Orleans. Government failure in general in time of need.
I was disturbed the media was not talking about no water, no food, etc.
So I expressed myself yesterday. Today, FEMA’s failure big time in the news. Trump’s failure not mentioned yet.
The cry from Michael’s survivors is, “We’re not getting any help.” There is no food, no water, no FEMA. Survivors are furious. They have been left to fend for themselves, with little help from the government.
The Panhandle’s Chantelle Goolspy an example. She was able to get through to FEMA in Washington by phone. We need help! She was told to call the Red Cross. The Red Cross told her to call 211. 211 is a Florida emergency help number.
She said, “We need food, water, anything, we’re not getting any help.”
She was told to hang on. Do the best she could. It would be a few days before food, water, etc. would be forthcoming.
The people feel they have been forgotten by the outside world.
There is the Lipford family. They own, live on, and work a 160 acre farm that has been in the family since the Civil War. Michael left them cut off from civilization. The older Mrs. Lipford says the family feels like it has been shoved back to frontier days. She washes clothes in a bucket. She bathes in a creek where her husband made a small wall of stones to hold water.
Their daughter is 23. She is wielding a chain saw to cut away fallen trees, except that every two hours she must return to the house to breast feed her 6 week old son.
Mr. Lipford said, “I want power and water. The rest we can deal with.” Shades of a strong self help person from another day.
Panama City Beach has resorted to self-help. Not waiting for federal emergency assistance. Volunteers from other Florida areas unaffected by Michael have brought food and water to Panama City. A food kitchen has been set up. Fifteen hundred meals were prepared for locals.
A church has set up 15 stations within Panama City where it is prepared to deliver meals every day. Ready to go. Need the food to cook, however.
One comment from the area: “The American people are helping us, FEMA will come into the game and get the accolades in six months.”
A federal, state and local Emergency Operation Center has been established at Gulf State College. Telling people they have to ration the food and water they have. The group’s primary concern remains looking for survivors. Sixty thousand residents remained.
Governor Scott impressed me with Irma. He is not with Michael. He too is advising: “Everybody just needs to help each other right now.”
Many get their water from wells. Wells not helpful at the moment. They run on electricity.
This failure should not have been. Everyone knew Michael was coming. Trump told us on TV no problem, we have enough money.
In due course, we should be told two things. One, why the failure to prepare. The other, why is the money supposedly available not being used.
Enjoy your Sunday!