FEMA Website Scrubs Bad News about Puerto Rico Power

October 6, 2017


Washington Post:

As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page.

FEMA spokesman William Booher noted that both measures are still being reported on a website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, www.status.pr. According to that website, which is in Spanish, 9.2 percent of the island now has power and 54.2 percent of residents have access to drinking water. Booher said that these measures are also shared in news conferences and media calls that happen twice a day, but he didn’t elaborate on why they are no longer on the main FEMA page.

“Our mission is to support the governor and his response priorities through the unified command structure to help Puerto Ricans recover and return to routines. Information on the stats you are specifically looking for are readily available” on the website maintained by the governor’s office, Booher said.

The statistics that are on the FEMA page, as of Thursday afternoon, include these: There are now 14,000 federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, up from 12,300 earlier in the week. All airports, federally maintained ports and post offices are open. More than 30 miles of roadway have been cleared, up from about 20 miles earlier in the week. About 65 percent of grocery stores have reopened, along with nearly all hospitals and dialysis centers. And 64 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power.



3 Responses to “FEMA Website Scrubs Bad News about Puerto Rico Power”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Puerto Rico is quickly becoming “old news”—-old FAKE news in the eyes of the moron-in-chief, since it’s not really a tragedy—-only a few dozen people died, after all (but wait until the numbers start coming out of the morgues in the back country).

    There is little or no mention of Puerto Rico in today’s WashPost—-the “distractor of the day” has shifted to the Iran deal.

    As far as the scrubbing of the FEMA (and NASA and NOAA) websites, welcome to the brave new world of Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. The only reason for now NOT including the “key metrics” of water and electricity availability on the FEMA site is to rewrite history and “burn truth”.

  2. wpNSAlito Says:

    “[T]he ‘distractor of the day’ has shifted to the Iran deal.”

    Really? Not that October 1 kerfuffle in Las Vegas?

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Nope, Las Vegas got the quick hypocritical and insincere BS treatment from the Moron-in-Chief, and he’s now moving on to “the calm before the storm”, which is more likely Iran or North Korea since he dropped the comment at a gathering of military leaders and spouses (after which a jolly time was had by all, you can be sure).

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