Rick Scott questions FEMA hurricane readiness amid Joe Biden’s inflation
On the first day of the 2021 hurricane season, Rick Scott toured the National Hurricane Center in Miami and received a briefing from Director Ken Graham. Image via Rick Scott's Office.

Rick Scott hurricane center
Is FEMA ready? A Florida Senator wants answers.

Floridians know that, ready or not, an active hurricane season is coming. And a Florida Senator is raising grave concerns about whether the federal government is ready.

Sen. Rick Scott wrote a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell Wednesday demanding answers on whether FEMA has the resources needed to assist people in Florida and beyond when tropical systems wreak their inevitable havoc.

The timing of the letter is no accident. Hurricane season officially starts June 1, and inflation metrics including the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Index are at historic highs.

“With the start of hurricane season rapidly approaching, Americans preparing for potential storms are facing skyrocketing prices and empty shelves, making it even more difficult to take the steps needed to keep their loved ones safe during and after a natural disaster,” Scott wrote.

“The pressures of inflation and supply shortages are felt to an even greater degree by those on low and fixed incomes and by small businesses working to help their communities prepare for possible disasters. These issues cannot be ignored, and demand action from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that storm preparedness does not fall victim to President Joe Biden’s raging inflation and supply chain crises,” Scott added.

The letter poses questions about federal stockpiles of food, fuel and potable water ahead of storms, while suggesting the federal government should proactively communicate with citizens about its relative level of storm readiness.

“Given the ongoing supply chain crisis,” asks Scott, “what guidance is FEMA planning to issue to families about preparedness and ensuring the availability of emergency supplies?”

As Governor, Scott messaged heavily around storm readiness from the beginning of hurricane season through the final tropical systems of the year. He clearly is carrying on that tradition as a Senator.

Americans can expect yet another tropical season with higher-than-normal activity. Colorado State University scientists expect at least 19 named storms.

Of those systems, nine are expected to be hurricanes, and four of them are expected to be major storms of Category 3 intensity or higher.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


5 comments

  • tom palmer

    April 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    There are no empty shelves here. Quit lying, fraudster.

  • Walpurgis

    April 13, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Republicans who try to pin inflation on Biden embarrass themselves. The greater duration of the pandemic and resulting supply issues were exacerbated by the nominal 45th president’s dereliction of duty: the greatest health crisis in 100 years was on the back burner, the fantasy of a stolen election was his petulant focal point. The nominal 45th president tried to control the CDC’s messaging, diminished and disparaged testing and mask wearing, and offered astonishingly ignorant “solutions”. The nominal 45th president played both sides, signing the vaccine order, but then leading the resistance against common sense measures to mitigate the spread of the disease. Sober persons have understood these facts, only the most unserious individuals persist in their inebriation.

  • Just a thought

    April 14, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Yeah shelves are packed.8dollars for blueberries

  • Just a thought

    April 14, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    On the bright side when havoc reaks you will not need groceries if the house fly’s away

  • Just a thought

    April 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    And soon they horn in on you riders of the storm into the house they born

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