California’s Top Emergency Manager Talks Budgets, Disasters and Napolitano – CQ Homeland Security

California — home to a more varied menu of disasters than just about any state in the union, including earthquakes, wildfires, flash floods and mud slides — is often considered among the nation’s best when it comes to emergency management.

How does a state with multiple disasters and perennial budget problems make emergency response work?

Its mutual aid system, says Matthew Bettenhausen, California’s acting secretary of the new California Emergency Management Agency.