REDMOND, Wash. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate addressed the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Public Safety Symposium today at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Fugate stressed the vital role that the private sector and most important the general public play in the preparedness of our nation’s emergency response team.
“The private sector is one of the most important members of our nation’s emergency response team,” said Fugate. “Today’s event provided an opportunity to discuss the private sector’s invaluable role in preparing and educating the public. A key element of strengthening our nation’s emergency response team is engaging our partners in what they do best, and embracing the private sector’s abilities both before and after disaster strikes will go a long way towards making our nation more resilient.”
FEMA’s private sector outreach focuses on cultivating partnerships on a wide range of issues, including information sharing, disaster planning, and response and recovery efforts.
The Microsoft Public Safety Symposium is designed to increase awareness of how technology can support the public safety sector and provide a forum for sharing practical solutions to daily challenges. The event also provides an opportunity for partners to showcase their public-safety technology developments.
Fugate has made a concerted effort to engage the technology sector as part of the nation’s emergency management team. He has made the use of social networking sites and other new media a central component of the agency’s public outreach, and has met previously with representatives from Google, TechNet, and other industry leaders. In November, Fugate delivered the keynote address to Random Hacks of Kindness: Disaster Relief Codejam, an initiative that brings together disaster relief experts and software engineers to work on identifying key challenges and solutions for the future.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.