Ice storms have killed dozens and tens of thousands are stranded in shelters or huddled in homes in Kentucky. The weather phenomenon has caused power outages to hundreds of thousands of homes in Kentucky and neighboring states.
The Star Tribune reports, “Thousands of people in ice-caked Kentucky awoke in motels and shelters, asked to leave their homes by authorities who said emergency teams in some areas were too strapped to reach everyone in need of food, water and warmth………..”
“………About 536,000 homes and businesses across Kentucky were without power, down from more than 600,000, the largest outage in state history.”
According to the media reports FEMA is nowhere to be found in some areas and local authorities in some townships have not fully accounted for all residents.
The Associated Press quotes the Grayson County Kentucky EMS Director; “National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees, and FEMA was still a no-show days after the storm.”
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says many residents that chose to stay in their homes are doing so in part because they don’t want to leave their pets. Lack of clean drinking water and food may force them from their homes but are there adequate shelter facilities for them to flee to?
This is where the Federal and State government have to step in. Remember the day after Katrina how the press were quick to blame the Federal government for the slow response. I’m wondering where the media is now with their complaints on this response. The President has been on National TV three times in the past 24 hours but he has not mentioned Kentucky once.
According to the FEMA website the president did sign an emergency declaration for parts of Arkansas on January 29. This from a storm on January 26. Red state Kentucky is definitely not front and center in his mind.
It’s nice to see the Red Cross on the scene.