October 15, 2011 -- New Orleans, La. -- W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will deliver the keynote address to the opening session of the International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE 2012), which will be held January 17-19, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fugate’s topic, “Private Sector Resources in the Emergency Management Plan; the
Public-Private Partnership,” appropriately kicks off IDCE 2012, the first major
global gathering of public and private sector professionals from all
disciplines of disaster management.
Fugate’s address headlines an impressive opening session, including addresses
from Tom Ridge, the nation's first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, and former FEMA Administrator James Lee Witt.
has served as FEMA Administrator since May 18, 2009. Prior to coming to FEMA,
Mr. Fugate was director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM),
which coordinated disaster response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation
efforts with each of the state's 67 counties and local governments.
Fugate began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter and
emergency paramedic in Alachua County, Gainesville, Fla. He served as emergency
manager for Alachua County for a decade until May 1997 when he was appointed
Bureau Chief for Preparedness and Response for the Florida Department of
Emergency Management. In 2003, under Mr. Fugate's stewardship, the Florida
Emergency Management Program became the first statewide emergency management
program to receive full accreditation from the Emergency Management
Accreditation Program (EMAP). In 2004, Mr. Fugate managed the largest federal
disaster response in Florida history as four major hurricanes impacted the
state in quick succession (Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne). In 2005, he
managed the state’s response to three more hurricanes: Dennis, Katrina and
have learned that it is critical for government and private industry to
integrate efforts to properly prepare for and respond to disasters,” noted Mark
Cooper, Former Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness for the State of Louisiana and current member of the
FEMA Advisory Council. “Mr. Fugate’s appearance and subject matter emphasize
the importance of public-private integration and the role of this conference in
facilitating such collaboration.”
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