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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ability to respond to natural disasters has been reportedly stretched to the brink after multiple natural disasters in the last three years.
The New York Times reported that fewer than a quarter of the agency’s disaster workforce of 13,654 people is ready for deployment, with the rest already deployed elsewhere or unavailable.
The Government Accountability Office issued reports over the past six years that FEMA has repeatedly lacked trained staff to aid in recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ability to respond to natural disasters has been reportedly stretched to the brink after multiple natural disasters over the last three years.

The New York Times reported that fewer than a quarter of the agency’s disaster workforce of 13,654 people is ready for deployment, with the rest already deployed elsewhere or unavailable.

It continues a downward trend over the last two years. At this point in 2018, 34 percent of its emergency staff were available for deployment and 55 percent the year before.

“I’m worried,” former FEMA director of disaster operations Elizabeth Zimmerman told The New York Times. “That’s of concern, to make sure that there are enough people to respond.”

FEMA spokeswoman Abigail Dennis told The New York Times in a statement that the agency has grown its disaster response workforce by a quarter since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017 and that its ready to draw personnel from other agencies to make up for any shortfalls.

With Tropical Storm Barry expected to make landfall Saturday along the Louisiana coast, FEMA’s disaster management ability has come under new scrutiny. The Government Accountability Office issued reports over the past six years that FEMA has repeatedly lacked trained staff to aid in recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas. …read more

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