How FEMA Solves Problems


In 2005, Michael Brown was caught with his pants down when FEMA fell short on fulfilling the meal needs of hurricane victims. The new leadership team's solution? Buy lots and lots and lots of meals. And what if there isn't another apocalyptic hurricane? Uhhh…

Up to 6 million prepared meals stockpiled near potential victims of the 2006 hurricane season spoiled in last summer's heat when FEMA ran short of warehouse and refrigeration space.

Hundreds of truckloads of food worth more than $40 million are being thrown away or scavenged for unspoiled contents to be offered to domestic hunger relief groups, FEMA officials said Thursday. Most of the meals were commercial versions of the military's Meals Ready to Eat, which were ruined despite being engineered to withstand the demands of desert and jungle climates.