The discussion was spurred by a resident's question during Thursday's special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

The debate heated precipitiously from there.

Commissioners expressed frustration and disappointment concerning FEMA's response, or lack thereof, to the great need for temporary and emergency housing in the county.

"People want some answers," said Commission chair Sandy Quinn, Jr. "We need a timeline and information saying something.

"People are hurting and they need answers."

The county was approved three weeks ago by Gov. Rick Scott for temporary emergency sheltering assistance, which ranges from mobile homes to trailers.

However, little if any information has been forthcoming from FEMA.

County Administrator Michael Hammond said indications from FEMA were that trailers would be a last resort, but beyond that little is known.

If there has been a weak link in the recovery process, Hammond added, it has been FEMA and the need to address a pressing housing need.

"They are giving some people checks and telling to go rent something but there is no place for them to rent," Hammond said.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel said when the Honeyville Shelter was closed this past weekend, the five families still there and in need of sheltering were provided tents.

"I am very displeased with FEMA," McDaniel said. "They talk about taking care of people with life-threatening injuries; we have people who have had life-threatening injuries as far where they are going to live."

Dr. Pat Hardman said the problem was rippling into the business sector.

Workers displaced by Hurricane Michael can not come back and return to work due to the lack of available housing or any kind.

"This is prohibiting our ability to move forward," Hardman said.

Commissioner Phil McCroan said it was time to insist on answers from FEMA over meeting the significant need, behind only Bay County in the region, for housing.

"We've heard nothing from FEMA," McCroan said. "I am very disappointed. Something has to happen."