“FEMA will not save you,” said Michael Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Brown, who served as the first undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA director from 2003 to 2005, was forced to resign in the wake the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina. He presented his book, “Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House and Beyond,” at a National Press Club Book Rap June 21.
The government will not always be there, Brown warned. “There needs to be an understanding of the role of government and the role of the individual,” he said. It is the individual’s responsibility to be prepared for disasters, he said.