Reporter from the Washington Post Hannah Dreier is receiving backlash online for tweeting inaccurate information about Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis’ response to a building that collapsed in Miami last week. Dreier stated on Twitter that DeSantis waited 24 hours before allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help on the scene of the collapse.
However, Press Secretary for DeSantis Christina Pushaw states that Dreier’s post is false and that the reporter failed to ask the Governor for comment before posting on social media. Pushaw also posted a picture showing the county mayor signing for an emergency order which was then signed by DeSantis an hour later.
The inaccurate tweet posted by Dreier on the 26th regarding the building collapse stated, “There’s a saying in emergency management: The first 24 hours are the only 24 hours. FEMA was ready to deploy to the condo collapse almost immediately, and included the crisis in its daily briefing, but didn’t get permission from Gov. DeSantis to get on the ground for a full day.”
In a continued post she stated, “The federal agency that recommended sweeping building code changes after 9/11 now has six people on the ground investigating what happened in the condo collapse, according to the latest FEMA briefing.”
Attached to the post is a picture from FEMA laying out information regarding the collapse in Miami such as the “current situation,” “health & medical”, and “State/Local Response.”
A day after Dreier’s tweet online, Press Secretary for DeSantis Christina Pushaw responded back stating, “This is missing important context, @hannahdreier never asked me for comment. emergency response started within minutes of the disaster led by Miami Dade County, amazing first responders. county mayor signed local emergency dec 4:40 &GovRonDeSantis signed eo less than 1hr later.”
Pushaw followed up with another tweet of a picture of an emergency declaration with signatures from the mayor and a witness, which shows that it was signed at 4:33 PM.
The building collapsed at 1:30 AM Thursday morning with first responders from Miami Dade County on the scene within minutes. However, Democrat Mayor of Miami-Dade County didn’t sign the state of emergency until 4:33 that evening which was signed by Governor DeSantis less than an hour later.
Pushaw has called for Dreier to retract her post but hasn’t heard a response back.
Rescuers are still looking for 150 missing people in the rubble, with a death toll of 10 people so far. Help from Israel and Mexico have been working 24 hours a day and there has been help requested from the Army Corps of Engineers.
“I mean, could be weeks until we really know who is under the rubble, who survived, who didn’t survive,” stated the Commissioner. “There’s a lot of people unaccounted for, lot of families very concerned.”
“They’ve got resources like you can’t believe here. We’ve got the dogs. We’ve got the equipment. And we’re going to do our very best to save as many people in that pile of rubble as we possibly can.”