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FEMA's Successes and Failures

FEMA and Disaster: A Look at What Worked and What Didn't From a FEMA Insider A scathing new report by former FEMA employee Leo Bosner has recently been released. The report, posted on the progressive site Truthout, documents the successes and failures of FEMA over the course of 30 years. It is especially critical of FEMA's management during the George W. Bush administration. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA - became an object of derision as it appeared to sit by helplessly as thousands suffered and died in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But many have forgotten that FEMA responded quickly and effectively to countless emergencies and disasters during the 1990s. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, the Oklahoma City Bombing, all saw a swift response from FEMA, a sharp contrast to FEMA's performance after Hurricane Katrina." Sections include: "FEMA 1979-1992: An Agency in Search of a Mission"; "FEMA and Disaster: A Look at What Worked and What Didn't From a FEMA Insider (1993 -2000)"; "FEMA during the Bush years (2001 - 2004)"; and "Hurricane Katrina and Beyond". Mr. Bosner worked for FEMA from its creation in 1979 until 2008. He also served as president of the FEMA Headquarters employees' union. While the author undoubtedly has his political leanings, he finds plenty to be critical of with both Democratic and Republican administrations.