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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FEMA Grapples With String Of Natural Disasters

Felicia Boston shields her eyes against the sun outside a tent where a friend has lived since his home was destroyed by a tornado in Cordova, Ala. The city has banned the type of trailers FEMA is providing as temporary housing, prompting outrage among residents who call the decision heartless. (AP)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is grappling with an onslaught of natural disasters from Alabama to Minnesota to Missouri. The agency is tasked with helping to find shelter for thousands of homeless residents who were victims of recent flooding and tornadoes.

We speak to FEMA’s new deputy administrator, Richie Serino, about what the agency is doing to avoid the mishaps that plagued the agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


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