WASHINGTON (AP) - FEMA says its new national response plan won't
be ready in time for the June first start of the hurricane season.
It told Congress last week that in the meantime, it will rely on a modified version of the plan in place during Hurricane Katrina.
FEMA has been working on the plan since last fall. The advisory it sent Congress says unexpected issues have popped up that will take more time to iron out. No new target date was set.
Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi is steamed. Thompson
-- who heads the House Homeland Security Committee -- says FEMA has once again dropped the ball.
Thompson says failing to have a revised plan in place and relying solely on the previously failed one is irresponsible and unacceptable. FEMA says it's just being thorough.
On the Net: Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov
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