ORLANDO — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today addressed the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, discussing the importance of coordination with state and local officials in preparing for, responding to and recovering from hurricanes. Fugate also talked about ways to better engage the public as part of the nation’s emergency management team.
“FEMA is only one part of the nation’s emergency management team,” said Fugate. “As hurricane season approaches, FEMA is coordinating with state and local officials to ensure that all communities along the coast are prepared to respond. But we can only be as prepared as the public, and so it’s important that everyone take steps now to help keep their family safe in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.”
Fugate served previously as Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management from 2001 to 2009, a tenure that included some of the most active hurricane seasons and some of the largest responses in the state’s history.
The National Hurricane Conference brings federal, state and local officials, as well as private sector and non-profit partners together each year to share ideas, learn about new technologies and talk about ways to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in the United States and U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.
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