File under #planahead: Trump is so far behind staffing up NOAA and FEMA that practically everybody in there essentially was an appointee of and reported to former President Obama. So at least we have some people at those desks with some institutional knowledge of what might happen with a forecast of a 12-foot storm surge and thirty-five inches --almost three feet-- of rainfall. First big hurricane of Trump’s presidency will be managed by Obama-era officials Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the upper Texas coast Friday night, bringing “life-threatening and devastating” flooding, according to US government warnings. Mandatory evacuation notices have already been issued to residents of several counties. US president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence are warning Texans to be prepared. “Remember to #planahead!” Trump tweeted, with a video of him striding through the offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which handles the US’s natural disasters, then seated at a long table talking to officials. Pence retweeted the message, adding that those in the path of the hurricane should check the National Weather Service’s Twitter feed. The Trump White House has not done much to prepare for the storm, however. Two of the three politically appointed positions in the over-9,000-employee FEMA have yet to be filled by Trump appointees; the same goes with the top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which monitors storms. Even the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees both agencies, doesn’t have a permanent secretary, after John F. Kelly left to become White House chief of staff on July 31. Talk about being prepared. Trump should have let some Boy Scout speak in his place at the Jamboree. Let's hope Harvey's aftermath is handled as well as possible. You know Trump will claim credit if things go well and blame the former President for everything if anything goes wrong. Of course former President Obama has a Twitter account too, but he would probably let Mr. Trump extricate himself from such remarks if Trump were dumb enough to make them. Since Trump is that dumb, though, I bet some of Obama's former aides and comms folk are preparing some hot potato returns. As far as previous hurricane cleanups are concerned, here is fake but predictable news in advance, if John Kelly has anything to say about it: Trump will not be saying "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" to anyone on any live cameras in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.