Andrew Velasquez gives statement on FEMA Region V emergency plan

Region V Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Andrew Velasquez recently gave a written statement to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications on how FEMA is preparing local governments for national emergencies.

Region V supports Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, along with 34 tribal governments. FEMA's Region V aims to help local governments in the regions create sound plans in preparation of a national or regional disaster.

"FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards," Velasquez said. "FEMA is committed to getting resources into the hands of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and their first responders, who are often best positioned to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats. Here, in Region V, it is my job to coordinate preparedness activities among our state and tribal partners."

Velasquez highlighted the efficacy of current programs in Region V, such as the Region V all-hazards, nuclear device and earthquake plans. Velasquez also explained the upcoming projects to increase regional preparedness, which include new force structures, new private sector partnerships, new technologies and the storing of critical commodities, such as food or medicine. Velasquez said FEMA Region V would continue to work towards its goal of empowering local governments to be prepared for a national emergency or natural disaster.

"In Region V, we are continuously working to evolve our approach to preparing America's citizens to respond to the events that threaten their lives, homes and livelihoods, and to better fulfill FEMA's mission," Velasquez said.