FEMA mistakenly directs people to phone sex line instead of disaster relief line after Hurricane Irma

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is standing by, ready to assist Florida residents in need of some roof work. The campaign, titled “Operation Blue Roof” is simple enough, the USACE will provide people with big blue tarps to temporarily patch their roofs while they wait for more permanent repairs. FEMA decided to offer some assistance by tweeting out the number for people to call to sign up for the service. The only problem is they tweeted out the wrong number at first, and because there was no other way for this story to end, the number they originally tweeted was a phone sex line.

“#FL: If your roof was damaged due to Hurricane #Irma, Operation Blue Roof may be able to help: 1-800-ROOF-BLU,” the FEMA Region 4 account tweeted Monday afternoon. When people who just wanted their roof fixed called them up however, they were offered to have a totally different type of hole plugged (look, there was no way we were getting through this post without a terrible joke like that. I’m not happy, and neither are you, but let’s just move on.).

“Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press ‘1’ to connect, free, now,” a pre-recorded message said when they called what they thought would be the USACE. It took a surprisingly long time for people to figure out something had gone horrible wrong.

The tweet stayed up until Wednesday, when it was finally brought to FEMA’s attention by Consumerist. The tweet featuring the wrong number was then deleted and replaced with a new one that did not direct callers to hot singles in their area, (1-888 not 1-800 was the mistake). By that point, obviously, the hilarious damage had already been done.

Alas, we have not evolved as a society to a point where the government provides free sex to those in need after a natural disaster. Perhaps someday we’ll get there.

Credits/Original Post: deathandtaxes

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