In ‘Blogger Roundtable’, FEMA Head Fugate Says Citizen Preparedness Will Be A Major Priority; Asserts Public Will Be Viewed As A Resource Not A Liability In Disasters: “There Is So Much More We Can Do With People”

In his first ‘Blogger Roundtable’, new FEMA head Craig Fugate said today that increasing citizen preparedness will be a major priority for the agency and the “one area you’ll hear me talk about more often about.” He acknowledged that the emergency management community “hasn’t done a good job of using the public as a resource” and instead often views average citizens as “a liability” in disaster preparedness and response. Fugate said repeatedly that he was going to focus a great deal of attention on changing that approach: ”There is so much more we can do with people. We need to make them part of the team.”