'Facing Floods and Fires - Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters in Native Communities': Written Statement of Administrator Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, July 21, 2011 [open pdf - 151KB]
"FEMA`s leadership in emergency management comes from diverse backgrounds, but we share something vital: direct, on-the-ground experience in state, local, and tribal emergency management. Our experiences have helped us realize and appreciate the important role that our partners play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. FEMA`s success is heavily dependent upon our ability to communicate, coordinate, support, and work closely with these groups. FEMA continues to build on past tribal partnerships while developing new relationships. Tribal communities, with their long history in community disaster response and recovery, are a particularly important stakeholder in our whole community initiative. FEMA recognizes the consistent participation and partnership of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments is vital in assisting FEMA to achieve its mission."
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