by Frank James
FEMA wants to assure Americans, especially those in the flood-ravaged parts of the Midwest, that it's on the case, attending to the needs of those affected by what's being called the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina.
To that end, FEMA put out a press release with what the agency, and its sister federal departments, are doing to respond to the crisis.
Among the highlights:
Joint Federal Activities: FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. General Services Administration and the Defense Logistics Agency have worked together to provide
- 3,222,000 liters of water - enough to provide for more than 465,000 people per day.
- 213,120 meals ready-to-eat (MRE's).
- 12.8 million sand-bags bags - enough to reach from Washington, DC to San Francisco if laid side-by-side.
- 46 generators.
- 2,500 tarps.
- 4,032 rolls of plastic sheeting - which would measure more than 50 miles long if laid end-to-end.
- 23 Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs).
- 30 trucks deployed to help with debris removal.
- Another 108,000 liters of water, 50 generators and 7 MDRCs are currently on the way to impacted communities.
Here's the rest of FEMA's press release
President Bush is due to tour some of the flooded areas on Thursday. We're certain he won't be telling anyone they're doing a heckuva job.