Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency insists that Hurricane Ian aid be provided to “all communities” – rejected Vice President Kamala HarrisThe position that the aid should be “based on equity”.
“We’re going to support all communities. I’ve committed to the governor, I commit to you right here that all Floridians are going to be able to get the help they need through our programs,” FEMA chief Dean Criswell said CBS News “Face the Nation” on Sunday. I
Criswell was responding to a question from host Margaret Brennan about Harris’ comments last week and the backlash from it, including the reelection campaign of Florida Gov. “Unreasonable panic.”
Earlier on the show, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said that FEMA aid should be colored.
Criswell replied that she was assessing the damage to the ground. Hurricane Ian On Friday and Saturday in Florida and “there are a lot of people who will need help as a result.”
She also stressed that the federal government would remove any barriers that hinder people’s ability to receive aid.
“The people who need our help the most will be able to access the help we offer. I know that vice P Resident and P Resident, they share similar values,” Criswell said, “ We’re going to support everyone who needs help.”
The vice president raised eyebrows last week when he said “communities of color” should be the first to call for hurricane relief.
In an interview in Democratic, Harris told actress Priyanka Chopra, “We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we have to fight for equity. Need to fight too.” National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday.
“If we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take those inequalities into account and do that,” she said.