New FEMA head promises higher standards

Emergency Management Alert, April 28, 2009

Newly appointed FEMA head Craig Fugate told senators at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that the agency would be held to “a much higher standard of success,” according to the Miami Herald.

FEMA was criticized for its performance during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but Fugate told senators that having a standard that is “better than Katrina” is not viable, and he plans to hold the agency to a much higher level of success. Fugate said building readiness at a local, state and federal level would involve using citizens as a resource.

Senators at the confirmation were pleased with Fugate’s disaster experience and background. Fugate was appointed as Florida’s emergency management director in 2001 and coordinated response to back-to-back hurricanes in Florida.

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