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Bill Read Announces His Plans to Retire


Bill Read, the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center, announced that he plans to retire by this June.

All of us across FEMA and the larger emergency management team will greatly miss Bill and thank him for his outstanding service to our nation throughout his career, spanning more than four decades. Bill not only brought tremendous leadership to the National Hurricane Center, he was also a great friend and partner to FEMA and state and local officials across the country.

Under his direction, FEMA, NOAA and the National Hurricane Center continued to strengthen our internal collaboration and our focus on preparedness. He also spearheaded the Center's use of social media to modernize their communications efforts and provide important weather tracking updates in real time.

Bill has served as the Director of the National Hurricane Center since 2008. Prior to coming to FEMA, we also worked together when I served as the head of emergency management for the state of Florida.

We wish Bill the best of luck as he begins to pursue his new endeavors, and know that he will continue to be a proud advocate for personal readiness and empowering all Americans with the information they need to prepare for disasters.

Last Updated: 
06/17/2012 - 13:01

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