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Fugate on FEMA

The administrative changes he made to FEMA

It is one thing to call for the FEMA cavalry, but for them to ride to the rescue they have to: a) know how to ride b) have a saddle c) have a horse. Details, details, details! We all know how the rider was lost, and it started with a nail in the shoe of the horse. Which brings me to this article about all the administrative changes that Craig Fugate made to FEMA to ensure that it can do its mission. Check out The 'Things That Don’t Make a Lot of Noise:' Craig Fugate on Managing FEMA.

Efficiency and effectiveness are centered on the basics of running an organization. I think that Craig's focus on the internal workings of FEMA came from running a state emergency management agency where you are much closer to the workforce. He also had a seven-plus year term at FEMA in which to make changes and see them come to fruition. While the result might not be as rosy a picture as what he portrayed, there is no doubt that Fugate made some significant and positive changes to how FEMA functions as an agency.

One problem the new FEMA administrator will have is measuring up to what he accomplished. FEMA was tested severely with Super Storm Sandy, but the "come as you are" earthquake disaster is one that will make all agencies, local, state, and federal look flatfooted and late to respond.

Who wants this job?  Anyone?  Bueller? Bueller?


Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.