As Administrator Fugate often says, "FEMA is not the team, we're part of the team". We've been working to put that philosophy into practice, engaging all members of the emergency management team - state, local and tribal governments, volunteer and faith-based groups, the public, and the private sector.
A recent story from the Washington Post highlights one area of outreach we've had with the private sector: bringing in executives to work at FEMA, building collaboration points between the federal government and businesses. Here's a quote from the story that captures the initiative in a nutshell:
"Under the program, a key initiative of FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, corporate executives in industries ranging from retail to energy spend three months at the agency's response coordination center and serve as a liaison to the business world, particularly during a disaster. The executives also get a seat at the table for key meetings to provide a private-sector perspective.
"'You can't be successful if you only look at what government can do,' said Fugate, calling such an approach "myopic." 'This is kind of like everybody figuring out what you're really good at.'"
Read the full story on the Washington Post website, and give us your thoughts on ways we can continue to engage the private sector to support our citizens and first responders as we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.