31 Dec 2018
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan will ask the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine how the Federal Emergency Assistance Agency conducted its operations on island.
In a press conference on Thursday, Kilili said he has been following up with FEMA on behalf of the “many people who have not received assistance on the date they were told so.”
“I’m seriously disappointed with the way FEMA conducted itself,” he added. “That’s because I have a lot of people calling me, sending me emails and messages on Facebook.”
He said he has also been following up on a GAO report about the FEMA operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Many of those things would not have happened if it was in Florida or Louisiana or California,” he added.
“I am trying to put together enough information [and I’m] going to ask the GAO to examine FEMA operations [in the CNMI] after Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu so we can look and see where FEMA went wrong and so when the next storm this us, which we know would hit us, the same mistakes would not occur.”
He added, “Not that I have anything against FEMA but we just want to examine the way they did things here.”
FEMA Region IX Administrator Robert J. Fenton Jr. earlier told Variety that CNMI officials “saw the logistical and geographical challenge” involved in the recovery and relief efforts.
But he said the FEMA teams on island “are all working very hard to meet the current needs of those who are impacted by the disaster.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109750-kilili-says-he-s-disappointed-with-fema