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Author: Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen (Region II)
It really became personal for me when the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City.I looked across the river as I was driving in this morning and had a flashback to the morning 18 ½ years ago when I was told that a small plane had crashed into the Trade Center. Our lives all changed at that moment, just as they have now. I remember having the USNS Comfort come then. However, we didn't need it for what we need it for now. We didn't need it for people who needed hospital care. We needed it for crisis counseling for a lot of fire chiefs and police officers who were really, really...
Posted On: March 30, 2020
Author: Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen (Region II), Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney (Region III), Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech (Region IV), Regional Administrator Tony Robinson (Region VI), Rear Admiral Keith Smith (Fifth Coast Guard District)
Every year, FEMA and the United States Coast Guard meet to discuss the past year’s hurricane response efforts and to plan for future storms. It may not sound extraordinary, but it’s not only one of the best opportunities for FEMA to engage with the Coast Guard on our joint mission to protect the homeland, but it also brings together multiple FEMA Regions (representing the states most at risk from hurricanes) to discuss how we can better prepare for future storms.  This annual gathering allows us to learn how the Coast Guard is securing and reconstituting U.S. ports,...
Posted On: July 15, 2019