Tag Archives: FEMA

Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Trump From Texting Nation

Politico reports: Three New Yorkers are suing in federal court to try to halt a test scheduled for Wednesday of a system that allows President Donald Trump or any future president to send alert messages to the cellphones of all Americans. The activists filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, arguing that the system violates their …

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FEMA Head Defends Trump On Puerto Rico: He’s Being Taken Out Of Context, Numbers Are All Over The Place

NBC News reports: FEMA administrator Brock Long Sunday questioned the relevance of independent studies tying thousands of deaths to the aftermath of last September’s hurricane in Puerto Rico, echoing President Donald Trump’s criticism of those findings as Florence continues to batter the Carolinas. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Long defended the president for his response to Hurricane Maria last …

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FEMA To Test Emergency Text Messages From Trump

Fortune reports: Get ready to receive a text message from President Donald Trump on Sept. 20. But it won’t be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies—or at least, it’s not supposed to be. He plans to message every cell phone in America to test a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) system that will allow …

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FEMA Activates Its “Waffle House Index” For Florence

The New York Post reports: As Hurricane Florence nears, FEMA will be keeping a close eye on the Waffle House — the fast-food restaurant chain known for staying open 24 hours a day every day of the year. The agency coined the term “Waffle House Index” during the 2004 hurricane season to measure the effect of a natural disaster on …

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Doc Shows Trump Transferred $10M From FEMA To ICE

The New York Times reports: The Department of Homeland Security transferred nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a budget document released by a Democratic senator late Wednesday night, diverting funds from the relief agency just as a major hurricane barrels toward the East Coast. The document, which was released by …

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Trump Turns FEMA Session Into Self-Praise Marathon

The Washington Post reports: The meeting was supposed to be about hurricane preparedness, as disaster officials gathered at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters days after the start of the 2018 season. But President Trump had a lot else on his mind, turning the closed-door discussion into soliloquies on his prowess in negotiating airplane deals, his popularity, the effectiveness of his …

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$156 Million FEMA Contract For Puerto Rican Aid Called For 30 Million Meals, Only 50,000 Were Ever Delivered

Trump hires the BEST PEOPLE. The New York Times reports: The mission for the Federal Emergency Management Agency was clear: Hurricane Maria had torn through Puerto Rico, and hungry people needed food. Thirty million meals needed to be delivered as soon as possible. For this huge task, FEMA tapped Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur with no experience in large-scale disaster …

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San Juan Mayor Blasts The “Hater In Chief”

Talking Points Memo reports: After President Donald Trump continued his tirade against Puerto Rico Thursday morning, the mayor of San Juan shot back and said Trump’s comments sound like they were coming from “a ‘Hater in Chief,’” not the President. On Thursday morning Trump again criticized the U.S. territory’s debt and infrastructure issues. He tweeted that FEMA, the military and …

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FEMA Website Deletes Stats On Puerto Rico Crisis

The Washington Post reports: As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page. …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a briefing today in the White House’s James S. Brady room to talk about the Trump Administration’s latest moves. The White House has launched a new attempt to gain momentum for tax reform, calling for third-party groups to aid and abet the administration’s push for an overhaul. Details behind any tax …

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HECKUVA JOB: Trump’s FEMA Nominee Withdraws Amid Questions About His History Of Falsifying Records

The Daily Beast reports: The man President Trump nominated to be deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has withdrawn from consideration after NBC News raised questions about his history of falsifying records during the Bush administration. “Given the distraction this will cause the agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn …

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Trump: Churches Should Be Entitled To FEMA Funds

CBS News reports: President Trump is taking the side of three Texas churches that are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency over disaster relief funds in the wake of Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports that the three churches – Rockport First Assembly of God, Harvest Family Church and Hi-Way Tabernacle – sued FEMA on Tuesday for access to relief funding. …

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Trump: I’m Closely Monitoring Hurricane Harvey

The New York Times reports: Facing what could be the most powerful storm to slam into the United States in more than a decade, President Trump and the team he has put in place at the Federal Emergency Management Agency were bracing on Friday for one of the most important tests of his presidency. The stakes could be exceedingly high.  …

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FEMA Recalls Workers For Karen

FEMA has recalled furloughed workers in advance of Tropical Storm Karen. A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle to Indian Pass in the Florida Panhandle. A tropical storm watch also was in effect for parts of the Louisiana coast west of Grand Isle, including the New Orleans area. “Based on applicable legal requirements, and consistent with its contingency …

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