The FEMA has done a good job of responding to natural disasters and in multiple jurisdictions at the same time. Here in Louisiana on the western side of the state we got hit with Hurricane Laura and just as we were getting the lights back on here came Hurricane Delta. It was amazing to see the FEMA trucks coming to the rescue and the national guard coming in with MRE WATER AND TARPS. Then the same day to see over 2000 bucket trucks from civilian companies from all over the country. They were parked in our fair grounds. With big white trailers that were housing for the crews cook trailers for the crews a complete laundry and showering facilities. Over in the industrial park was set up as a portable gas station to fill up the vehicles being used for repairs. There were 3 18 wheelers tanker trucks in a circle that could fill up 6 of the bucket trucks at a time. Each day fresh fuel was brought in to fill up the tanker trucks. The destruction was over a five parish area so this was being repeated at the same time in each of the parishes. This was about 10,000 bucket trucks. As each parish was completed they moved south to help other crews. Then just as they were almost done Mississippi and Alabama took a direct hit and crews were brought to those states. Then in less that a week later is when Hurricane Delta hit us. Here come crews back to help get the lights back on. The guys from these other states had been here so long they started speaking with a Cajun accent.
Each day you saw 18 wheelers coming to the airport where they were passing out food MRE’s and water to replenish the distribution point. Eventually the stuff was delivered to churches in town to relieve the congestion.
Hugh generators were brought in to bring the water supply back on line and to run the white trailer city.
18 wheelers with thousands of telephone poles were coming to town and being unloaded in staging areas. Trucks full of power transformers were also dropped off at staging areas.
Crew with chainsaws hundreds of them were here to remove the thousands of trees on power lines. Roads were cleared of trees that had fallen onto the roads. Hugh trucks that were pulling a trailer the same size with crane inside of them were used to pick up 25 foot limbs and trunks and put in the truck and trailers. In our parish we lost about 3500 trees some of which also fell on houses and building. One house had 3 100 ft pine trees land on the same house. We had wind gust up to 135 mph.
To watch this FEMA people causing this action to take place daily was awesome and somehow they didn’t need the house committee to direct them or to approve anything. Any thing needed to do the job was needed, noted and ordered and received. Unlike back several years ago with Katrina this FEMA organization has perfected the art of disaster relief.
GAO did the complete report for congress in 2017.