FACT CHECK: Did FEMA Set Up A Flood Relief Center In Chicago?
A post shared on social media purports The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a flood relief center in Chicago without any known disaster, implying that the natural disasters are planned events.
The claim is inaccurate. The center was opened in response to existing flooding, not in preparation for a natural disaster.
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The Twitter post claims that the government is planning to cause a natural disaster in Chicago and that is why FEMA has opened a center in the city. The video is taken by a man walking in a parking lot as he gives his opinion on the situation and walks up to a flag with “FEMA” on it.
The Caption reads in part, “FEMA OFFICE IN CHICAGO?!!! There’s nothing going on here. No Heat waves, No Weather Anomalies, No Flooding, No Earthquakes… So WHY is this FEMA OFFICE THE ONLY ONE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO? What Do They Know? What are they preparing for?!! What are they ABOUT TO DO HERE?!!”
The claim is inaccurate. Credible news reports indicate that this office was opened after major flooding in Cook County. The county did issue a disaster proclamation for flooding that occurred on July 2. Likewise, the National Weather Service reported on significant flooding on July 2 in the area.
President Biden extended the time allotted for making funds available to help the affected area Aug. 15. With these funds, FEMA was able to set up a temporary center in the area. A FEMA press release on Aug. 28 stated that the center had been opened. Other centers have been opened since then according to a Twitter post from FEMA. (RELATED: No, CNN Did Not Report That Cash App Went Bankrupt)
This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a post that the NFL told Colin Kaepernick to sell hair products instead of playing football.