"Prior to September 11th, FEMA moved forward with a realignment plan to streamline our internal organization. We responded to the Seattle-area earthquake, floods, Tropical Storm Allison, and major storms around the country. At the Presidents request, we created the Office of National Preparedness to develop prevention, preparation, and response strategies for threats posed by Weapons of Mass Destruction. Since September 11th, FEMA has accepted its new challenges. We have redoubled our focus on First Responders - the lynchpins of emergency management. We are developing a Strategic Plan to articulate our new goals and make our operations as transparent and accountable as possible. Finally, we are working closely with the new Office of Homeland Security to develop nationwide response plans for terrorist threats. All of our new responsibilities have been met - and will continue to be met -without neglecting FEMA's core disaster management operations. We will continue to work with states and local governments to build up their capabilities and to work within the federal government to make our programs more efficient and successful. This report outlines the progress we've made in 2001 and reflects FEMA's commitment to meeting the new challenges facing the Agency."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/