FEMA Administrator met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler and Office of Emergency Management head Joseph Bruno to discuss New York’s emergency preparedness efforts and to bolster the relationship between the City and the federal agency.
I spoke with Fugate after the meeting on the steps of New York’s City Hall and recorded two YouTube videos with him. In the first, he urges New Yorkers to prepare for emergencies saying, “if you haven’t gotten ready, you need to get ready” (including learning CPR and First Aid). Fugate points out that while the Big Apple may have the most resources of any city to respond to a disaster, if those New Yorkers who can prepare do so it frees responders to help the most vulnerable members of the public.
In front of City Hall, Craig Fugate urges New Yorkers to prepare for disasters.
In the second video, Fugate discusses his meeting with City officials. He notes that New York typifies the all-hazards approach to disaster management and emphasizes that FEMA’s role is to complement and assist local and state efforts.