Fema Essay

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FEMA: Learning the Hard Way Student Name ESOL 400 Mary Warden Last

 FEMA: Learning The Hard Way In August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating natural disasters struck the United States. Hurricane Katrina made an enormous damage to the people living in the Gulf Coast. The hurricane left an unimaginable suffering to people physically, psychologically, and financially. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose role was to prepare and organize actions necessary to warn and help people in national emergency situations, seemed to be disorganized delaying the help people needed in this particular situation. Hence, FEMA’s lack of preparation and organization led to a greater damage and suffering to people. According to Congressional Digest, FEMA has the role of “responding to, planning for, recovering from, and mitigating against disasters”. It was founded in 1979 under the administration of President Jimmy Carter to bring all the agencies of the government responsible for managing natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, leakage of hazardous materials and the worst of all, war. John Macy was the first director of the agency stressing the importance of readiness for occurrence of natural disasters and necessary actions of citizens in response to it. In 1993, James L. Witt, was appointed by President Clinton as a new director of FEMA. He centered the agency’s goal on people’s assistance. When the Cold War was finished, Witt was also able to use the agency’s restricted source of supply from protection of citizens towards calamity assistance and reduction agendas. Under President Bush’s administration, Joe M. Allbaugh was assigned as a new director of FEMA in 2001. The 9/11 incident directed FEMA’s priority on issues regarding safety of the United States against terrorism and training its people

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