It’s a question many Americans are asking now.
It was a question President Donald Trump faced last month when he tweeted that a major outage was “in the making.”
And it was a central theme of the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria.
“A major outage is coming,” Trump tweeted.
Trump also declared that “we have a major national security crisis.”
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency and FEMA are working diligently to address the threat of a major National Emergency,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.
“This is a national emergency and the Federal Government will take all necessary steps to assist the states and localities in providing essential services, such as food, water, and medical care, in order to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Trump’s tweet was followed by an announcement from the Department to provide disaster relief and help communities recover.
FEMA Director Brock Long called the tweet a “major breach” of the federal government’s obligations.
“As we speak, federal agencies are working to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the American Virgin Islands and the island of Ushuaia,” Long said.
“While we will not have a complete assessment of the severity of the crisis until we have all the facts, the Department will be responding to the request for assistance as soon as the Federal Emergency Managment Agency has been made aware of it.”
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has been pressing Trump for help.
On Friday, Rossello said he will meet with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday in Puerto Rican territory to discuss the response to the storm.
Rossellosays that “Trump is sending a message that the federal agencies will be there and that we will get our lives back.”
The White House said in early August that the government will be prepared to provide help to the U: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/82924237835892956 https://t.co/bK8qxV6p3Y President Trump is sending us a message.
The Federal Emergency Administration will be ready to provide assistance to the American people in time for this critical storm.
— FEMA (@FEMA) August 27, 2019 It also said that “the Federal Emergency Planning Agency (FEMA)’s Office of Emergency Response will be providing coordination, guidance, and direction.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also issued a press release announcing the National Response Network.
But that didn’t include the National Guard or the National Disaster Medical Services.
President Trump and the Trump Administration have been working to address how to provide federal disaster relief to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
On Monday, Trump tweeted that the Department had been “in communication with FEMA for several days” about the status of relief efforts.
But he also tweeted that “Congress is currently debating a major disaster relief package and will vote on it next week.”
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to authorize $1.6 billion for Puerto Rico.
The Senate voted to approve $1 billion for the Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Act, which the House has not yet approved.
The House will hold a vote on the legislation on Thursday.
President Donald Trumps first visit to Puerto Rican airspace was to the island in August.