Disaster Zone

Don King For FEMA Administrator

What's so unusual about that?

by Eric Holdeman / December 7, 2016

With the announcement that Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment, was Trump's pick for the Small Business Administration (SBA) it got me thinking of the symbiotic relationship that might be formed by having Don King, a boxing promoter, become the next FEMA administrator. At least we'd have two people who know how to get attention to a topic and perhaps garner more interest in disaster resilience vs. only paying attention to the topic when there is a disaster.

For those of you not that familiar with what the Small Business Administration (SBA) does, check out the Disaster Zone TV interview I did with the Region X SBA Regional Administrator a couple of years ago.  Here is a brief summary as an introduction to the program:

"I had the opportunity to interview Calvin Goings, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Region X Administrator. I learned some new things from participating in the interview process. For instance, I didn’t know that the federal SBA administrator sits on the President’s cabinet.

When a state submits a request for a presidential disaster declaration and it is denied, you may be able to get an SBA declaration that provides low-interest loans to qualified businesses and individuals. If you don’t know much about the SBA’s role in assisting businesses before a disaster, and then their disaster recovery role, this program is a good place to start."

And, if you want to peruse other DZTV shows, the compendium is at the link provided.