FEMA Response After Hurricane Ike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HOUSTON (AP) - A top official of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency reportedly has admitted that the agency has been
sluggish in responding to Texans' needs after Hurricane Ike.

Deputy FEMA Administrator Harvey E. Johnson Jr. says he intends
to improve the help the agency provides to Texans left damaged and
homeless by the mid-September hurricane. He says the agency will
deploy mobile homes to the hardest-hit areas more rapidly, review
rules that might be resulting in premature denials and provide more
resources to Texas.

Johnson also tells the Houston Chronicle that he's put more
personnel into Texas housing assistance programs.

He's invited energy company officials into FEMA's Texas field
offices to help provide electric power to mobile homes housing
storm victims. He's also started a review of procedures that result
in relatively few families being approved for assistance when they
first apply.

Johnson met this week with local officials in Galveston, the
Beaumont-Port Arthur area and Houston to learn about their

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