The Biden administration has pledged an all-of-government response to Ida, led by the
“Whatever you need, go to Cedric,'' Biden told
The people of
More than 3,600 FEMA employees were deployed to
Applying a lesson learned after previous storms, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, supplies were put in place in the
Hundreds of ambulances and air ambulances and 17 search-and-rescue teams have also been activated, along with a 250-bed federal medical shelter in
Federal and state agencies remain focused on power restoration efforts after nearly 2 million people lost electricity. Tap water and gasoline also are in short supply even as temperatures reached 90 degrees Tuesday in
“This is going to be a long haul,”
Restoring power can be tricky. In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated
Aware of the widespread criticism of Trump's Maria response — and former President
The waivers will allow truckers to haul in essential items such as food, water, fuel and utility poles, as well as transformers and generators to help support emergency relief efforts.
Offshore oil rigs, under the supervision of the
"To the people of
“So far, so good,'' former FEMA administrator
Fugate, who led FEMA during the Obama administration, said much of the credit goes to governors, particularly Edwards, whom he described as ”battle-hardened by crisis.″
“Governors are the real leaders in an emergency,″ Fugate said.
The levees, floodwalls and floodgates that protect
“They passed,'' Fugate said of the levees, "for this storm.''