A large team of responders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were on hand when Hurricane Fiona hit the island.
In an interview on CNN Newsroom with Pamela Brown, FEMA Assistant Administrator for Response and Recovery Anne Bink said the above respondents are working “hands-on” with the Commonwealth and the structure. manage their emergency.
“Our hearts go out to the residents who are going through another catastrophic event five years later,” Bink said, noting that Fiona is approaching the fifth anniversary of devastating Hurricane Maria.
Bink said FEMA’s response is dual-focused, including generating emergency power for critical facilities and ensuring a command and control structure is in place for things like search and rescue, and at the same time address long-term needs when the island is restored.
“The biggest concern is the lives and safety of residents,” she said, urging people to follow the direction of local officials.
Bink added lessons learned from Hurricane Maria.
“We were much more prepared,” she said. “We now have four warehouses strategically located across the island, covering goods, the supply is exponentially larger than before. Meals and water are ten times, three times more. emergency generator assistance and more, we’re proactive there and ahead of any storm to make sure we’re coordinating and all the planning efforts we I perform in those blue sky days that can be done when the rain falls.”