On Friday, Feb. 24, the FEMA team assembled in the HQ lobby to wish a fond farewell to David Garratt, a dedicated public servant and emergency manager who took his first steps onto the road of retirement. David joined FEMA in 1995 after retiring from the United States Air Force. He worked his way up the FEMA ranks serving in key leadership positions, including as the Acting Deputy Administrator. In his last assignment prior to his retirement David served as the Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano for Emergency Management.
Over the years, David excelled in key positions all across the agency including leading the recovery programs in providing over $40 billion in disaster assistance in response to some of the nation’s largest disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Other notable accomplishments include leading the National Emergency Support Team in response to the 9/11 disaster, the establishment of the first Homeland Security Coordination Center, and the development of the Catastrophic Incident Annex and Supplement for the National Response Plan.
David was a true advocate for the FEMA workforce, demonstrated by championing the Workforce Enhancement Initiative, strengthening FEMA’s recruitment, hiring, leadership development, performance management, and retention, and in developing a one-stop shop for customer service across the Agency with a unified Mission Support Customer Assurance Program.
David’s contributions, dedication and commitment to emergency management and the American people are truly commendable. We thank David with tremendous gratitude for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Retirement of David Garratt
Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2012 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate thanks David Garratt for his contributions to FEMA. In his last assignment prior to retirement, David Garratt served as the Senior Advisor to Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on matters related Emergency Management.
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