USA - Embattled FEMA asks for more funding as hurricane season approaches

Another grueling summer disaster season is forecast as the Federal Emergency Management Agency faces mounting pressure amid criticism, a ballooning portfolio, and pleas to Congress for more funding.

Another grueling summer disaster season is forecast as the Federal Emergency Management Agency faces mounting pressure amid criticism, a ballooning portfolio, and pleas to Congress for more funding.

The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 disasters it responded to just a decade ago. For 2022, the disaster outlook is daunting.

Wildfires are expected to burn through millions of acres as Western states struggle with another spring drought, and a busy Atlantic hurricane season is on track to wreak havoc well into the autumn.

Meanwhile, tornadoes are forecast to continue destroying homes and businesses throughout the Central Plains as COVID-19 numbers, once again, tick up, adding another complicated layer to disaster response.

“That is the world we’re living in now. The storms are more frequent. The storms are more intense. And we need to be ready,” David Bibo, FEMA deputy associate administrator for response and recovery, told States Newsroom in a late April interview.

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