Authorities Deny FEMA Poaching COVID-19 Supplies


MILFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — FEMA has been accused of hijacking PPE shipments in the United States.

Milford Fire Chief Bill Touhey said his town ordered 30,000 medical gowns from China for the Milford Regional Medical Center, but was notified last week that the US government had seized the gear. Touhey told WBZ NewsRadio’s Madison Rogers that there’s a misconception that the supplies were hijacked while en route to the hospital. Instead, the gowns were bought up by the federal government before leaving China.

FEMA Regional Administrator Captain Russ Webster also says the administration has been falsely accused.

"PPE being distributed internally within the United States is not being seized or rerouted by FEMA," Webster said. "Reports of FEMA commandeering or rerouting such supplies are false."

Despite this, some city and town officials claim they are still in competition with the federal government, as well as each other, for resources.

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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