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Published On: Sun, Nov 4th, 2012

FEMA failing Hurricane Sandy relief, already seeking help from private sector

“Lean Forward” is even part of the FEMA mission statement, a statement which is failing to live up to the billing as Hurricane Sandy victims are not even able to get water from their FEMA camp.

FEMA only began to solicit bids for vendors to provide bottled water for distribution to Hurricane Sandy victims on Friday, sending out a solicitation request for 2.3 million gallons of bottled water at the FedBizOpps.gov website. The next delivery will be Monday.

Breitbart News spoke with contracting officer Annette Wright, who said that the winning vendor would be required to deliver the 2.3 million gallons of bottled water to an East Farmingdale, New York distribution center that was listed in the solicitation request by Monday, November 5th.

Critics are already racing to point to the cost? a bidding war for tax payers? a lack of planning and capability?

Some point to the private sector and non-profit relief agencies as better equipped to handle the disaster relief.

International humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope was joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in distributing food, water and emergency supplies to residents today. Millions of people continue to be affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in hard hit areas like Long Beach, N.Y.  FEMA, The Red Cross, the Army National Guard and over 100 volunteers also served alongside Convoy of Hope’s Global Disaster Response team.

Regarding the slogan, this is from the FEMA site:

The entire federal family continues to lean forward to support the states, tribes and communities in their ongoing response efforts as they work to save lives. We also continue to work with the entire emergency management team, including with our state, tribal and local partners, the voluntary and faith-based community, the private sector, and we continue to encourage the public to be safe and listen to the direction of their state, tribal and local officials. (FEMA emphasis, not The Global Dispatch)

 

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