From AP reports … Hundreds of thousands of homes are without power in ice-ravaged Appalachia. Dozens of deaths have been reported, and many have run short of food and bottled water. First responders have their hands full. Anger is building at the perceived lack of assistance from FEMA.
Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In Kentucky’s Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees. He said roads are littered with fallen trees and people shivering in bone-chilling cold are in need.
“We’ve got people out in some areas we haven’t even visited yet,” Smith said. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”
Smith said FEMA was still a no-show days after the storm.
“I’m not saying we can’t handle it,” Smith said. “We’re handling it. But it sure would have made life a lot easier.”
Our prayers go out to all those folks in the affected areas. Those of us who have had dealings with FEMA’s disaster support have much sympathy for those of you who will need their assistance. They are the most screwed up Federal agency ever conceived. And, as much as I would enjoy taking this opportunity to make the claim that FEMA’s failure is proof that Barack Obama hates white people, I won’t.