FEMA official encourages IAEM to engage the public

ORLANDO, Fla. — FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate encouraged emergency managers to treat the public as a critical partner in disaster preparation during the 57th annual International Association of Emergency Managers Conference on Nov. 2

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency on Nov. 2 delivered the keynote address during the conference. Fugate was joined at the conference by the Federal Emergency Management Association’s leadership, including Deputy Administrator Richard Serino.

"FEMA is only part of our nation’s emergency response team,” Fugate said. This event allows us to focus on how we can better support local emergency managers, who are a key partner on this team and are the front line in the case of an emergency or disaster. Local emergency managers also play a key role in encouraging public preparedness. The public is a critical partner, and the more individuals do now to prepare, the stronger our national emergency response team will be during the next disaster."

FEMA’s mission is to support U.S. residents and first responders to ensure that the nation works together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

IAEM-USA is the United States’ largest association of emergency management professionals, with more than 4,500 members, including emergency managers at the state and local government levels, tribal nations, the military, colleges and universities, private business and the nonprofit sector. Most of IAEM-USA’s members are city and county emergency managers, who coordinate and integrate efforts at the local level to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from all types of disasters including terrorist attacks.