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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 10:33 PM

FEMA offers to airlift Puerto Ricans to mainland U.S.

Source: CBS News

CBS NEWS November 8, 2017, 5:42 PM

FEMA offers to airlift Puerto Ricans to mainland U.S.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering to airlift victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland to reach temporary housing -- a complex operation that would be the first of its kind for the agency.

Under FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program, displaced residents and families who are still living in shelters on the island can opt to relocate to housing in Florida and New York. The agency is working with the governors in both states to work through logistical issues for families interested in participating.

Mike Byrne, a federal coordinating officer for FEMA, said the program is the first time the agency has attempted what it calls an "air bridge," or a relief operation requiring the transportation of individuals from a disaster area. In most disasters, FEMA pays for displaced residents to stay in hotels under the TSA program. In Puerto Rico, the hotels are filled to capacity, so FEMA is turning to the mainland and working with states to find accommodations.

"A thousand miles adds a whole level of complexity to this," Byrne said.

Byrne says agency teams are traveling to shelters on the island to ask longtime occupants about their housing options going forward, telling them about FEMA's offer. He said the level of interest in the program has so far been low, with only about 30 out of 300 families interviewed on Tuesday expressing interest in participating.

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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 10:36 PM

1. Better Late Than Never?

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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 11:23 PM

2. The storm was over a month ago !!

The Trump administration is a disaster... a total fuckup

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Wed Nov 8, 2017, 11:24 PM

3. They did the same thing after Katrina, shipped out all the poor people

who lost their homes and resettled them all over the country. Most of them never returned to Louisiana, but the corporate investors sure did. They bought up the abandoned property for pennies on the dollar and built luxury hotels for the tourism trade, a new business center, theaters, a convention center, restaurants, grand homes for those who could afford them.

Corporate investors could do the same thing in Puerto Rico.

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