I've not spent a whole lot of time in the South during the Summer. Our trip to Pearlington last June was pretty much the extent of my experience. If the weather that week was typical of the South in the Summer, than I can say with all certainty that this new decision by FEMA is really, really, really dumb. REALLY!! Ice in the South in the Summer (especially) is not a luxury it's a necessity! Especially when there isn't air conditioning, fans or anything else to cool down with. I know I'm a wimpy California Coast Girl so my opinion might not count, but I say send ice! Here's the reaction from a State Senator.
BTW, St. Casserole (the blog to which I link) lives in a town near Pearlington. I've been reading her blog for a couple of years now and have been very blessed by her words...and not just those words about the storm.