I understand FEMA declared ice a "comfort" item and will not provide ice after a future hurricane.
We freeze water in clean plastic milk jugs and store 6-8 jugs in our freezer as storm preparation. If the power goes off, we may be able to keep some foods cool with the insulating properties of the frozen jugs. Then, we can drink the water.
However, let FEMA remember that not everyone has a freezer. Not everyone has access to bags of ice. Many people need to keep their meds cool.
Let FEMA remember that preparing for a hurricane costs money. People with limited resources have a difficult time stock-piling food and supplies, cash and money for gas to evacuate the area.
I realize that the government cannot do everything for everyone but geez! can't we help the poor and vulnerable among us?
Let me pose a bitter question: which is more cost effective: help the vulnerable evacuate to safety or clean up the bio-hazard if they die in a storm?
Glaring at FEMA (one more time),
*FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, as in "Good job, Brownie!"