Little Faith in FEMA s Storm Plans

first_imgYet fewer than 500 flood victims sought refuge in Red Cross-style shelters at the start of the disaster, because so many neighbors stepped in to offer victims a place to stay. “The response to the floods in the Midwest demonstrates clearly that the FEMA of today is not the FEMA of 2005,” said Glenn Cannon, an agency official. “We have risen to the level of what the American public expects from us.” The hurricane season challenges facing the agency remain daunting, they said. Plans for evacuations and temporary housing must be made final, and residents must be persuaded to assemble emergency kits with a 72-hour supply of food, water and medicines to give first-responders time to reach them. “A work in progress,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. That’s the conclusion of an independent disaster researcher and key Texas officials who have monitored FEMA’s far-flung response to flooding across Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri over the past few weeks. Pilot project The upheaval across the Midwest pales by comparison. Flooding across at least 3.4 million acres in the five states has claimed at least 22 lives, injured 149 and temporarily displaced thousands. So far, authorities have called in only 2,300 National Guard troops. FEMA’s updated housing plan for the 2008 hurricane season emphasizes helping displaced victims initially find refuge in shelters. If victims’ homes are severely damaged or destroyed, FEMA plans to move the displaced into nearby apartments, hotels and motels. Only as last resort will 3,500 mobile homes be called into action, many of the same FEMA trailers that stirred controversy after authorities found high levels of formaldehyde more than two years after Katrina and Rita victims began reporting illnesses. “It’s hard to tell whether the FEMA response in the Midwest is a precursor for what FEMA can do and can’t do,” said Joseph E. Trainor, a staff researcher at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center. “The agency is in such flux even now, still trying to readjust from Katrina.” FEMA would face challenges providing emergency housing and forcing evacuees to find temporary housing in communities across the country, said Michael Gerber, the top official of the Texas Housing and Community Affairs Department. The $77,500 units, expected to be inhabited for no more than two years, are designed with 8-foot by 20-foot panels that can fit into a shipping container and be assembled by six workers in eight hours. The first of the 20 units has yet to be erected in Houston. Another 130 units are expected to be erected in other East Texas areas affected by the 2005 hurricanes. WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still not ready to respond to a Gulf Coast natural disaster akin to Hurricane Katrina despite its success in flooded Midwestern states. “It is very hard to plan for a mass migration of people – we saw that with Hurricane Rita,” he said. “The big message here is that the state and federal government need to have done a stronger job being ready to meet that challenge, should it happen again.” The limited demands on FEMA in the Midwest leave some Texans wondering whether the agency could respond effectively on a far larger scale. Some 5,000 displaced families still live in travel trailers nearly three years after Katrina. Looking ahead, FEMA is spending $400 million to assess different ways to provide that temporary housing with pilot projects in Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to test the use of modular homes capable of being transported by trailer. The Harris County Housing Authority is awaiting final approval by FEMA and the Texas housing department to use part of a $16.5 million federal grant to create a 20-unit community of pre-fabricated homes manufactured by the Germany-based Heston Group, a firm that has provided housing for 90,000 soldiers in Iraq. “These are extremely low shelter figures for an event of this nature,” said David Garrett, a top official in FEMA’s disaster assistance operation. FEMA officials remain upbeat about their ability to win back public confidence. Authorities deployed 50,000 National Guard troops from 54 states, and more than 14,000 active duty military personnel. “We still have more work to do.” Chertoff said. “I think certainly in the response area, all the instances we’ve had over the last year, FEMA is much quicker, more responsive … Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said FEMA, an agency in his department, has improved tracking supplies, established advance contracts for bus evacuations, and added more full-time disaster response specialists. Hurricane Katrina had an apocalyptic impact in 2005. It claimed the lives of nearly 1,900 people, forced evacuation of more than 1.1 million others, ousted 770,000 from their homes and caused an estimated $96 billion in damage. Hurricane Rita followed quickly, claiming at least 120 lives and causing more than $11 billion in damage. “The jury is still out,” said Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, a member of the House Financial Service Committee that deals with housing issues. FEMA has received nearly 59,100 requests for assistance and doled out more than $124 million in housing and disaster-related assistance. The Small Business Administration has provided 226 emergency loans, valued at $14.3 million. “It’s generally a more capable agency.”last_img read more

Cards’ big-game Briahanna Jackson ready for UK

first_imgUofL guard Briahanna Jackson. October 27, 2015UofL guard Briahanna Jackson. October 27, 2015Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:8732b8146663f480f7816c70 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-205565-4582541468001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Briahanna Jackson has twice scored her career-high of 34 points in a game, once as a freshman at Central Florida and again as a sophomore. Both performances came on the road.“I enjoy playing away more than I enjoy playing at home,” said Jackson, now a University of Louisville junior, “because I like to quiet the crowd.”The Cardinals’ newest women’s basketball star has her next chance to do so Thursday in a rivalry series in which U of L has lost four straight times. Jackson and the Cards, who are 3-4 and rotate in five true freshmen, play No. 8 Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena.U of L women add high-scoring UCF transfer“I think right now, we’re trying to explain to the new players how important this rivalry is, because they’re coming from high school, and of course they all have a rivalry,” said U of L junior Cortnee Walton. “But it’s not Louisville and Kentucky.”Jackson needed little educating on the game’s importance to fans after a practice earlier this week. She knew about the four-year streak, about the big crowds and, most important to her, the competition.Louisville's Briahanna Jackson drives past Califronia's Asha Thomas. Nov. 16, 2015.Louisville’s Briahanna Jackson drives past Califronia’s Asha Thomas. Nov. 16, 2015.UK features former Kentucky Miss Basketball Makayla Epps (16.2 points per game) and has point guard Janee Thompson (15 ppg) back from a broken fibula suffered last season. Junior college forward Evelyn Akhator also pulls down 11.1 rebounds a night.“Kentucky’s a really good team, and it seems like I’ve always played on another level when I’m playing against another level of competitor,” Jackson said.A game before deciding to transfer from UCF, Jackson poured in 28 of her team’s 49 points in a loss to eventual national champion UConn. In her U of L debut, the 5-foot-6 guard went for 21 points against a California team that earned a national ranking the next week.Coach Jeff Walz acknowledged big-time opponents tend to bring out the best in Jackson’s numbers. But Walz describes her as a gamer who competes every other time out, too.Cards’ Durr to play through pain, not redshirt“The kid loves to play basketball,” he said. “It means something to her. She wants to have a future doing this, so she comes every day preparing for a career after college.”Jackson shares a flashy game at the offensive end similar to the last player who left U of L for a multi-year WNBA career, Shoni Schimmel. In addition to averaging 13.4 points, Jackson leads the Cards in steals with 20.“Shoni could do good enough on defense, but she wasn’t out there leading us in steals and guarding the offense’s best player,” Walz said. “Briahanna can do that for us.”Jackson is a knockdown shooter as well, hitting 41.2 percent of her 3-pointers. She also converts a team-leading 87.5 percent of her free throws.Walton said when he pulls down an offensive rebound, Jackson is the first player she looks for, “because I know she’ll hit the 3.”“The great thing about her is she’s not selfish,” Walton added. “She’s not going to stand there and be like, ‘Give me the ball. I want to score.’ It’s more of, when she’s open, she hits the shots.”Get the CJ’s free UofL CardsHQ newsletterlast_img read more

VIDEO: Lightning scores eight goals in the first game of the…

first_imgLightning defeated the New York Islanders 8: 2 (3: 1, 2: 0, 3: 1), leading the way to four wins in a series of up to four victories.Tampa took the lead after 74 minutes, as Breidens Points broke through on the left and put the 1 – 0 shot just beyond the reach of the outstretched keeper. Less than three minutes later, Victor Hedman regained the lead for the Lightning team, only increasing its lead.Points stood out with two goals and three assists, but once the puck was delivered to the goal and Nikita Kucherov assisted with four assists. Hedman was 1 + 2, Janni Gurdė scored two goals, but Ondržeja Palats and Raien Makdonaf had another goal. Three assists on Kevin Shetenkirk.In addition to Eberle, Nick Ledy also scored for the New Yorkers, but Enders Lee assisted in both goals. Both teams continue the Stanley Cup in Edmonton, although they previously played in Toronto. “Lightning” rested for a week after the semifinals of the conference, but “Islanders” – only for a couple of days.“In this mode, we also live in the regular championship with a transfer. It only takes a few minutes to get used to the legs and be able to play. I don’t think it affected the whole game in any way,” Lee said after the match.The next game in the series will take place on Wednesday.In the Western Conference finals, the Dallas Stars are in the lead 1-0 against the Vegas Golden Knights.Toronto and Edmonton first hosted a 24-team elimination tournament, with the Stanley Cup continuing with 16 units. First, the teams qualified for the series up to three victories in the “play-off” round, but then switched to the traditional series format for up to four victories.Others are currently reading Primary school teacher Hailey lost her face after a serious accident, but tries to keep hope The first domestic dragkins return – Jarāns and Porgants pull Mildiņa and Skaidrīte’s dresses again “Latvia needs big families!” – nature friend Māris Olte is now the father of five childrenlast_img read more