Hurricane Harvey knocked chunks of Texas and Louisiana off the grid, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency's in-house communication systems have kept federal rescue and recovery efforts up and running.
FEMA offers public assistance grants to municipalities hit with natural disasters. That includes federal law enforcement personnel.
Long - who said the agency's mission at this time is taking care of people and restoring hope - said officials will start trying to move displaced people from shelters into local hotels.
Yet, even accounting for those differences, it's still hard to nail down how much any hurricane, especially one as complex as Harvey, will cost, said Chuck Watson, a geophysical hazards modeler with Enki Research. The administration even proposes to end funding for the FEMA initiative that maps floodplains in order to "communicate flood risks to communities and residents", arguing that state governments and private-sector enterprises are probably up for completing that task. They're also more likely to live near the petrochemical plants that could discharge toxic substances during the hurricane. They could just pass a separate disaster relief bill, or they can attach the emergency funding to a budget measure that would keep the government open, which would have to be signed by October 1.
Trump isn't backing off his budget proposal to cut billions of dollars from those agency budgets, a plan Bossert Thursday said repeatedly is a "responsible" effort to make government more efficient. "Some are working normal hours".
The rescuers go beyond fire departments, the Kansas Game Warden had several boats and wardens in Houston.
As much as 27 percent of Houston's multifamily, office, retail and industrial real estate might be out of service from flooding, reports CoStar Group Inc. Record-breaking rainfall was recorded in Cedar Bayou, Texas, where 51.88 inches of rain marked a new high for rainfall in the continental USA, according to the National Weather Service.
Its worldwide site homepage is now focused on Hurricane Harvey, but there is a Greater Houston Chapter as well.
"It's going to be a costly proposition", Trump said in a press conference.
Federal and state officials are warning residents, volunteers and officials in flood zones in Texas and Louisiana they could be targeted by storm-related scams, contract corruption, document fraud, identify theft and other crimes.