Based on our reading of the September 20 article, a FEMA spokesperson, on the record, noted a prior testing requirement has been the “policy” from 2009. So what we now know today, thanks to your reporting, is that Iowa disaster aid is now subject to a policy which no one has ever heard of, that has never been applied, and that FEMA cannot describe in any consistent manner. And the parts that they have been willing to communicate to us “aren’t true.”
Stunned does not begin to describe what we are feeling with regards to FEMA’s behavior on this issue.
In light of this breach of the public’s trust there are broad ramifications to rural Iowa and how we are going to be able to deal with future natural disasters. We are willing to work with any government agency to make sure vital services are restored to the people we serve. But for that to happen we need consistent, accurate information and that is not what we are getting now.
Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative