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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Connecticut Mirror: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing unspecified "potentially sensitive information," is declining to release a document it drafted several years ago that details how it would respond to a major hurricane in Puerto Rico. The plan, known as a hurricane annex, runs more than 100 pages and explains exactly what FEMA and other agencies would do in the event that a large storm struck the island. The document could help experts assess both how well the federal government had prepared for a storm the size of Hurricane Maria and whether FEMA's response matches what was planned. The agency began drafting such advance plans after it was excoriated for poor performance and lack of preparation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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ProPublica requested a copy of the Puerto Rico hurricane annex as part of its reporting on the federal response to Maria ...

Early last week, a FEMA spokesman said he would provide a copy of the plan that afternoon. It never came. After a week of follow-ups, FEMA sent a statement reversing its position. "Due to the potentially sensitive information contained within the Hurricane Annex of the Region II All Hazards Plan, there are legal questions surrounding what, if any, portions of the annex can be released," the statement said. "As such, the documents that you seek must be reviewed and analyzed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by FEMA." The statement did not explain what legal questions apply. ...

After FEMA declined to release the Puerto Rico hurricane plan, we found the agency's equivalent plan for Hawaii posted, unredacted, on the internet by the Department of Defense.

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"potentially sensitive information"

Can't let future hurricanes know what the plan is.

#1 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-10-30 02:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

"Let the brown people die after giving a $300,000,000 to a member of the swamp." is not a good plan to release.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-30 02:53 PM | Reply

Obviously, more than Donald screwed up.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-10-31 09:46 AM | Reply

Obviously, more than Donald screwed up.

#3 | POSTED BY ZED

How is that obvious? What is obvious?

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-11-01 10:01 AM | Reply

There is no plan. This is just like Trump's super duper top secret plan to defeat ISIS...which turned out to be Plan "Let the military continue doing what Obama had them doing."

By the way, are they defeated yet? No? Call me surprised.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-01 10:39 AM | Reply

"potentially sensitive information"

must be stuff in there about how Trump is incompetant.

#6 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-01 10:48 AM | Reply

At least some of our Government officials can be booted for incompetency, through elections.

"potentially sensitive information" just means embarrassing.

FEMA will not release their plan because they never followed their own plan. Trump probably wouldn't let them. Republican Benny Thompson just cancelled a hearing where the mayor of San Juan would have had an opportunity to explain what is really going on in Puerto Rico. That would have been too embarrassing in a public forum for Republicans.

Unfortunately, departments like FEMA, like the ATF, CIA, DEA, NSA and many others are never accountable to anyone, no matter what they do. Look what happened to JFK when he held the CIA boss Allen Dulles accountable. Both now have an airport named after them.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-01 12:25 PM | Reply

What a Cluster F

Thirty-nine days after Hurricane Maria hit the territory, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said that he is requesting assistance from Florida and New York under "mutual aid" arrangements that utilities traditionally activate during emergencies. The territory had not previously done so and had not responded to offers of assistance.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-01 12:26 PM | Reply

Amazing how terrible you guys are. A plan was enacted before the hurricane ever hit, huge boats were staged prior to the hurricane hitting, soldiers and other first responders were staged on islands near PR before the hurricane hit. After the hurricane, the response was immediate and supplies got to the island.

But, because people were impacted then that means the government failed. The worst part is there is no precedent, logic, or common sense that can be presented that doesn't support the notion that a population of millions impacted by a catastrophe will take months and possibly years to recover from...yet so many people still whine and cry just because the topic is there to whine and cry about. This world is in a craphole because of people who do that. The only other possibility is that there are people who actually think a catastrophe can be cleaned up after a day and millions of people and the infrastructure to support them can be put back to how it was after a week. If there are people who believe that, I feel even less optimistic about the future of this world. DR plans and execution don't just happen in a vacuum. You can't repair anything if you can't get to it. You can't provide supplies to people if you can't get to the people and they can't get to you. I think too many people watch Star Trek and actually believe spaceships and teleporters exist. That actually isn't as ignorant as anyone who thinks a catastrophe impacting millions of people is going to be fixed in a month.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2017-11-01 12:32 PM | Reply

#9,
So, why can the plan not be made public, Hummer?

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-11-01 01:23 PM | Reply

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Why do you need to know sour?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-01 07:28 PM | Reply

dod.hawaii.gov

Here is the FEMA plan for Hawaii. Let's see what they are hiding from

#12 | Posted by leadbelly at 2017-11-01 07:44 PM | Reply

The other day Donnie the cheeto gave himself a ten for his management of the response...moron.

#13 | Posted by b_al at 2017-11-01 09:29 PM | Reply

"The Military Was Ready in Texas and Florida. What Went Wrong in Puerto Rico?"

"For the military, Maria may be a singular stain upon a noble and sterling record built not on taking -- but saving -- lives. The Trump administration is due a serious reckoning. That's because for millions of fellow Americans in the Caribbean this is serious, if not deadly, business."

www.politico.com

#14 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-01 09:59 PM | Reply

Why do you need to know sour?

#11 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Why would that be 'need to know' information, Snipe?

#15 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-11-02 09:24 AM | Reply

"Let the brown people die after giving a $300,000,000 to a member of the swamp." is not a good plan to release.
#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-30 02:53 PM

This plan was written during of the last administration (" a document it drafted several years ago "). I doubt that is the extent of them.

There is no plan. - #5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-01 10:39 AM
Wow. Why do you think that the Obama administrations' FEMA that you are accusing of not making this plan (" a document it drafted several years ago ") didn't make it?

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-02 10:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is no plan. - #5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-01 10:39 AM
Wow. Why do you think that the Obama administrations' FEMA that you are accusing of not making this plan (" a document it drafted several years ago ") didn't make it?

#16 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Why would they be using a document drafted years ago by the Obama administration for a hurricane that just happened with its own unique damage pattern? Either the Trump administration is too incompetent to assess the situation and draft its own plan or you are talking out of your ass.

Either way, pretty incompetent.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-02 10:50 AM | Reply

Why would they be using a document drafted years ago by the Obama administration for a hurricane that just happened with its own unique damage pattern? - #17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-02 10:50 AM

Do you think that there is a newly written plan for each hurricane that forms? Do you make a fresh fire evacuation plan for each new fire? Do you think that there's a new plan for every snow-storm? You can revise a plan or update it in retrospect, but yeah...you make a plan for an event that may or may not happen prior to it happening - often years in advance.

Either the Trump administration is too incompetent to assess the situation and draft its own plan or you are talking out of your ass.
You missed a third option: you can't comprehend how reality works, but you're certainly angry at Trump. You want so very much for something to be true that you choose to believe that it is.

#18 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-02 11:28 AM | Reply

Sorry sychophant, Puerto Rico's plan was drafted by the Bush administration after his Katrina disaster.

This is bureaucracy run amok. The plan must not be released to prevent the public from knowing that no one at FEMA paid any attention to the plan. But creating the plan enriched all those working on the plan.

#19 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-02 11:47 AM | Reply

Why would they be using a document drafted years ago by the Obama administration for a hurricane that just happened with its own unique damage pattern? Either the Trump administration is too incompetent to assess the situation and draft its own plan or you are talking out of your ass.

Either way, pretty incompetent.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant

Why would you draft a new plan every year? What would change?

#20 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-02 12:31 PM | Reply

Sorry sychophant, Puerto Rico's plan was drafted by the Bush administration after his Katrina disaster.

#19 | Posted by bayviking

Got a link to for that stoopid statement?

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-02 12:33 PM | Reply

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