“We remain very concerned by reports that FEMA has awarded multi-million dollar contracts for hurricane-related aid to multiple unqualified companies.”
But if the FEMA response to recent disasters is any indication, storm victims could face barriers in securing federal aid – especially if they're not white.
Twenty-two legislators recently demanded answers regarding Hurricane Maria’s updated fatality count, which is nearly 50 times higher than previous official estimates.
"Scientific evidence indicates that the climate is changing and significant economic, social, and environmental consequences can be expected as a result."
A third of Puerto Rico residents are still without electricity and lack access to potable water four months after the Category 4 hurricane hit.
This alarming trend points to a need for more awareness, education and communication about flood risk.