We Won't Wait to the Last Minute to Activate After All

More fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the capital.

(Monday, Jan. 11)

Note: I've done three updates to this blog post, before it was ever posted. Now it has been announced that Pete Gaynor, FEMA administrator, will be the acting DHS secretary until the end of the administration. Let's review his career path. Three years ago he was the state of Rhode Island's emergency management director. Two years ago he was the deputy FEMA administrator. One year ago he was named FEMA administrator. Meteoric is one word to describe the last 2.5 years!

I was just going to share this item below, but then I also just got the notification that Secretary Wolfe is resigning over widespread security concerns leading up to the inauguration. More fallout from last week's events.

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on NSSE Designation

The Acting Secretary released the following statement on the National Special Security Event [NSSE) designation for the inauguration of President-elect Biden:

“In light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray, I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th. Our federal, state, and local partners will continue to coordinate their plans and position resources for this important event.”

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