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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:51

Florida’s Hurricane Response System was ‘Ill-Prepared’ for Disaster, Audit Warned

(TNS) - Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state’s Division of Emergency Management warned what the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

An annual audit completed in December 2016 by the agency’s inspector general detailed a lengthy list of deficiencies needed to prepare and respond to a hurricane. Among them:

–– Food and water supplies at the distribution center in Orlando were inadequate.

–– Contracts with companies that would supply cots to shelters had expired.

–– The agreements many trucking companies had signed with the state’s emergency management agency to distribute supplies had lapsed.

–– The agency was using “a spreadsheet created in the 1980s to help predict the amount of supplies and equipment that may be needed after a storm makes landfall,” as the state’s giant storage facility remained half empty.