Simply cannot respond to anything in an emergency……
In Lahaina, it appears that the local and State people simply waited for the Feds to show up with aid….food, water, and shelter.
Stories of 2 or more days without water and food…until people got to a Federal aid station. No food and no water or any support from the State.
It appears that the situation is reminiscent of the poor response by the State of Louisiana (blue) (as compared to Mississippi(red)) during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
I am sure that the government of Hawaii and that of Maui will blame the Feds for not feeding and sheltering the fire victims, but it really isn’t the Feds job to get there immediately….it is the States.
And like Katrina, this is a Hard Fail for the Blue folks.