Petition: FEMA, Ensure Prisoners Safety During Hurricanes

Petition: FEMA, Ensure Prisoners Safety During Hurricanes

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Attention Federal Emergency Management Agency, @FEMA
Peter Gaynor, FEMA Action Administrator, @FEMA_Pete
Gracia B. Szczech, FEMA Region IV Administrator, @femaregion4
Robert Samaan, FEMA Region IV Deputy Regional Administrator

          As Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5, approaches thousands incarcerated in jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers throughout the state of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina lie in its path. We have seen time and time again in disaster situations that prisoners are amongst the most vulnerable populations and their needs are the last to be incorporated into disaster preparedness and response.

We are a coalition of concerned groups, organizations, and individuals advocating that:

  1. Resources, especially food and bottled water, be provided to all prisons, jails, and detention facilities within Hurricane Dorian’s path and those facilities where prisoners are being evacuated to; and
  2. FEMA’s National and Regional Offices  implement policies and active plans that ensure adequate food and water are provided to prisoners and immigrant detainees in advance and in the aftermath of disasters.

          Without the ability to evacuate of their own free will, thousands of people will remain confined in cells during the flooding, power outages, and water and food scarcity that accompany hurricanes. Reports have emerged after every hurricane over the past three years,  concerning the welfare of prisoners at facilities that were not evacuated, and also facilities prisoners were evacuated to. These reports document extreme water and food shortages, flooding, power outages, along with physical and psychological stress demonstrating that state and federal corrections agencies prove to be routinely negligent in ensuring prisoners’ safety and health. 

        It is imperative that the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide all incarcerated people with resources to survive Hurricane Dorian and future disasters. Furthermore, we ask that the agency ensure that resources are equitably distributed to the prisoners and not kept in the hands of the guards.

           Your website states the agency is working hard to provide resources to all affected areas in Dorian’s path. We ask that you not forget about those who are physically confined and kept from evacuating and from seeking disaster relief. We thank the agency for its hard work at ensuring safety for all those who are impacted.


Unheard Voices of the Concrete Jungle 
The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Gainesville Chapter
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Atlanta Chapter
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Seattle Chapter
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Kansas City Chapter
Critical Resistance, NYC Chapter
Critical Resistance, Portland Chapter
Critical Resistance, Los Angeles Chapter
Critical Resistance, Oakland Chapter
Climate Action Montclair
UC Berkeley Student of Color Environmental Collective
D.C. Abolition Coalition
Queer Ecojustice Project
Rising Tide Seattle
La Resistencia
Socialist Rifle Association
GR Rapid Response to ICE
Atlanta Anarchist Black Cross
Solitary Gardens
Roots Action
Miami Climate Alliance
STARC, Richmond, VA
Peace House D.C.
No Detention Centers in Michigan
Future is Feminist
Copwatch D.C.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Mason County Climate Justice
Millions For Prisoners New Mexico
Lexington Anti-Racist Action
Our Revolution New Mexico
Peacehome Campiagns
HEARD – Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities
Brandeis Climate Justice
Harvard Law School National Lawyers Guild
Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign
Cease Animal Torture
Trans Pride Initiative
Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
Terra Incognita Media
Kansas City DSA Prison Abolition Working Group
The Green Market Agorist
Texas Abolitionists
Shut Down Berks Coalition
Tampa DSA
Tampa Food Not Bombs
Bay Area Harm Reduction
Direct Action Everywhere Pinellas
Animal Rebellion Florida
Center for a Stateless Society

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Amrita Garcia
Jordan E. Mazurek, University of Kent & Universität Hamburg
Richard Andrew Thomas
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Nikos E.
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Rotem Blat
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Rachel Wallace
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Zbigniew J Grabowski, Ph.D.
Kai Ramey

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