DENVER – Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.
“If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? because that goes straight to the bottom line ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? then I hope I can help the country in some way,” Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.
Brown said officials need to “take inventory” of what’s going on in a disaster to be able to answer
questions to avoid appearing unaware of how serious a situation is.
Just in case there are any hardcore Brown supporters out there, this is the guy who sent emails to his staff that complained about coming home during the very height of the Katrina relief effort.
“Can I quit now? Can I come home?” Brown wrote to Cindy Taylor, FEMA’s deputy director of public affairs, the morning of the hurricane.
A few days later, Brown wrote to an acquaintance, “I’m trapped now, please rescue me.” “In the midst of the overwhelming damage caused by the hurricane and enormous problems faced by FEMA, Mr. Brown found time to exchange e-mails about superfluous topics,” including “problems finding a dog-sitter,” Melancon said.
Simply put, would you trust your disaster relief to this guy?
And moreover, who would hire him?