Ohio Disaster Official Agrees with ‘Brownie,’ Public Must Play Leading Role – Washington Whispers (

When the next natural disaster strikes, who are you going to call? Well, it better not be the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says Ohio’s disaster chief, Nancy Dragani. Sounding a lot like Michael Brown, the former Bush-era FEMA director who was run out of town after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Dragani, who also heads the National Emergency Management Association , wants you to first look in the mirror.

Says Dragani: “We’ve got to begin to remind ourselves as a people of personal accountability. It’s my responsibility, to the best of my ability, to take care of myself, my family, my dog, my cats, my mom who lives down the street, and the lady that lives next door. I believe that’s my responsibility. I believe it’s your responsibility.”

In little-covered comments at a Heritage Foundation meeting this week, Dragani, an adviser to FEMA, former Ohio National Guard official, and aide to Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, charged that the public has traded personal responsibility for personal expectations from the feds.