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Hurricane Maria Just Added More Woes to Puerto Rico

They don't have the political clout of Texas and Florida.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been going full bore in responding to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They have stripped their regional headquarters bare of staff who can deploy and existing disaster declarations that had FEMA staff working them have been put "on pause" as people and other resources were shifted to the disasters of the moment.

Then here comes Hurricane Maria that decimates the territory of Puerto Rico that was already in terrible economic shape, bankrupt and reeling from Hurricane Irma's sideswipe of the island before it turned its wrath on Florida.

The Recovery Diva posted, Puerto Rico Faces Mountain of Obstacles on the Road to Recovery. One of the biggest shortages the island has is political clout. They are the "red-headed stepchild" of the United States and coming on the tail end of two mega disasters, they will be fighting for resources like the runt of the litter is seeking its mother's milk.

If there would be another big disaster coming on the heels of those we have in play now, it will be a sorry state of affairs. Yes, FEMA would again shift "response resources," but in the end, it will be the disaster recovery that sinks their ship — just not enough experienced people. 

If you want to get into emergency management, FEMA is the place to apply these days!

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.