Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Abbreviation FEMA
Motto Prepared. responsive. committed.
Headquarters Washington DC
Leader Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Subgroups Center for Domestic Preparedness
Staff 7,474
Website http://www.fema.gov/

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the US governmental arm officially charged with responding to emergencies.

Origins

David McGowan wrote that “it is notable that virtually all of FEMA's powers were created by Presidential Executive Order, a notably undemocratic form of legislation. Executive Orders become law as soon as they are recorded; thereis no Congressional or judicial review, and certainly no public approval or even awareness.”[1]

2001

In early 2001, when George W. Bush took office, FEMA warned that a hurricane hitting New Orleans would be the deadliest of the three most likely catastrophes facing America; the others were a massive San Francisco earthquake and a terrorist attack on New York.[2]

9/11

FEMA had scheduled Operation TRIPOD for September 12th, 2001, at Pier 92. As Rudy Giuliani testified to the 9-11/Commission: “The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within three days, that was two and a half to three times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center[1]

"Investigations"

FEMA "investigations" into bombings tend to be carried out by the same small clique of insiders (usually Mete Sozen, Gene Corley, Charles Thornton and Paul Mlakar). The established magazine Fire Engineering was unflinching in its criticism of FEMA's report into the WTC Collapses:

Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the ‘official Investigation’ blessed by FEMA… is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure… Respected members of the fire protection engineering community are beginning to raise red flags, and a resonating [result] has emerged: The structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers….”[3]

Concerns

FEMA has been severely criticised for their heavy handed approach to dealing with Hurricane Katrina, with Director Michael Brown in particular being "disgraced".[4][5]


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