The federal government has confirmed that there are “high levels of confidence” that the nation’s natural disaster relief efforts will be able to withstand an earthquake and tsunami, despite a report in the Wall Street Journal that the federal government’s disaster relief effort was “losing steam.”
The WSJ report, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that FEMA was struggling to provide enough supplies to all of the states that have received FEMA grants since the devastating earthquake and devastating tsunami of January 21, 2020.
The disaster relief funds were meant to be used for relief to the states in the aftermath of the disasters of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the devastating 2010 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
But those grants expired on December 31, 2020, and many states had no idea they would be getting another round of funding.
The WSJD reported that the Trump administration is “deeply worried” about the disaster relief programs’ ability to “rescue the states from the next crisis.”
According to the WSJ, “FEMA has been struggling for months to meet its goals for the relief and reconstruction efforts.
The last two weeks, FEMA and state leaders have been grappling with a lack of a plan to rebuild after the devastating January 21 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, and have been trying to find a way to ensure that the money won’t go to states that are already underfunded.”
Trump, in a statement, said that he has “seen some troubling reports of state aid that is being allocated to states based on an assumption that states will be successful in reopening.
This is not the case, and FEMA has not been able to adequately allocate funds to help states recover.”FEMA Administrator Brock Long has publicly acknowledged that the agency is “not at full capacity” in terms of its disaster relief assistance efforts.
Long has said that the US government “is in a position to assist the states but is unable to provide any relief at this time.”
The Department of Homeland Security has said the “solution” to the problem of state disaster relief is to create an infrastructure fund to support states that cannot immediately re-open.
FEMA Administrator Brock Short said earlier this month that the fund would not be created “until the state has re-opened, and that would take time.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said he expects to have FEMA chief Brock Long resign and Secretary of Homeland Defense nominee Michael Flynn resign by mid-February, and former Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) has been tapped to become deputy secretary of Homeland Protection.