Response: “Thank you for your service.”
Indivisible Houston President Daniel J. Cohen challenged the Harris County Commissioners Court during public comments Tuesday about the details of an article published by ProPublica and Texas Tribune detailing comprehensive failure by the county to properly prepare for Hurricane Harvey. The report discussed the lack of preparation of Harris County employees in spite of a recovery plan; a demonstrable lack of understanding from at least one member of the court in spite of his decision to vote to implement it; and attempts by county media staff to spin a response to reporters in regards to failure to produce a list of shelters prior to the storm in spite of that resource being part of the originally designed yet forgotten plan.
“Gentlemen: this is above politics,” said Cohen.
“Plenty of Harris County residents have addressed the court on Harvey. Plenty of students in this county are still homeless and struggling to keep up with their school work in spite of their hardships. They eat off grills. They sleep in tents. Black mold consumes their homes. They’re not back on their feet. This week, several of us are still working to help get wardrobes in order for survivors of the flood and will continue to do so for as long as we have to.
It’s time to acknowledge mistakes, huge, hurricane-sized mistakes with county management so we can fix them. This is a matter of public accountability.”
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