Ben Smilowitz, executive director for the Disaster Accountability Project, said Friday that ice brought in for the public is a necessity after a hurricane, and criticized FEMA's decision to deliver it only for medical emergencies or life-saving reasons.
Smilowitz formed the watchdog group after serving at a Red Cross center in Gulfport, Miss., for three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast area in August 2005.
"Ice was critical at our site," Smilowitz said. "People were burning up in lines that left people waiting full days to receive minimal assistance ... and so many needed ice for basic things --- insulin, baby formula, prescriptions and keeping cool."
He urged people not to accept FEMA's decision.