FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms
September 7, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the looming threat of dual disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday ramped up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barreled toward the Florida coast even as the agency continued the massive recovery effort in storm-battered Texas.
It was a one-two punch of powerful storms certain to strain the agency's quickly dwindling coffers.
The roughly $1 billion left in FEMA's Emergency Response Fund was expected to run out as soon as the end of the week, just as Category 5 Irma could be pounding Florida and less than two weeks after Hurricane Har...