Response After Wilma

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and the acting director of FEMA, David Paulison in Tallahassee, are joining Governor Jeb Bush for a briefing on hurricane relief efforts.

They're pulling together in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. Governor Bush points out, while response is moving along, the bar was not met.

"My expectation was within 24 hours, we were going to have our PODs set up, never has that been done in a hurricane. We did not meet those expectations and I accept responsibility for that."

Governor Bush says the points of distribution for water, ice and food worked in the southwest Florida area. The problem lies in the bigger urban areas where the demand could not initially be met.

"Today is significantly better, and it will be better the day after that."

At his side was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "We are doing everything to pull national resources to support this state. We want to cut through any red tape to make sure things get here quickly without much paperwork or bother."

And there’s another promise of help from acting FEMA director. "We are going to do everything possible to make sure we get this state everything it needs to make sure this is as a successful outcome as this is going to be."

Chertoff added that it's no secret that Florida leads the country in terms of disaster response. Governor Bush says he won't sacrifice that top rank and that help is on the way.

Governor Bush and the Florida Director of Emergency Management, Craig Fugate, stressed that it is also up to the individual to prepare for these storms. They said people had plenty of time to get ready for Wilma and that's why again, they stress people have at least 72 hours worth of food and water in the event of a disaster.


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