New Mexico — FEMA Delays a Big Concern

Last year a wildfire caused by the U.S. Forest Service set off the largest wildfire in the history of the PIA Western Alliance state of New Mexico. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in the fire.

Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been slow in responding to the needs of the people who were hugely impacted by the Forest Service’s mistakes.

The delays have raised the ire of New Mexico’s congressional delegation. House Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez and Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Ben Lujan sent a letter to FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security demanding that regulations be finalized that will release $4 million in recovery funds to the families and businesses impacted by a government mistake.

Worse, FEMA continues to miss self-imposed deadlines.

“Every day that passes without compensation to the victims delays their ability to begin rebuilding after losing so much,” the letter said. “We ask that you put yourself into the shoes of those who’ve waited more than a year after the fire started.”

Source link: Insurance Journal —

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