Emergency Management Blogger

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Emergency Management Blogger - Survey

Have you experienced increased scrutiny in your job since the gulf coast hurricanes?

Has the scrutinty been good (legitimate), or just a superficial attempt by elected officials to look like they are doing something about disaster readiness?

Thoughts, comments...

More Brown Stuff - don't step in it

From a blog I found it appears that he has an in....

http://southernstudies.org/facingsouth/2005/11/femas-brown-goes-to-work-for-katrina.asp

If things don't work out in government, there's always the get-rich-quick promise of government contracting.

Washington Post Reporter Al Kamen reports that Michael Brown, former FEMA Director who resigned in disgrace after the botched Katrina response, is now working the other side of the Katrina money racket:

Former FEMA director Michael D. Brown works for Michael D. Brown LLC, a change-your-address-book information notice said last week. Brown is going into the consulting business with offices here and in Boulder, Colo., the announcement said.

The office here is at 101 Constitution Ave. NW. Hmmm. That's the fancy new building that is also home to the tony Charlie Palmer restaurant. It says he's in Suite 525 East.

Sounds familiar. Oh, it's in the offices of the Allbaugh Co., run by former FEMA director and top Bush aide in Texas Joe M. Allbaugh , a college chum of Brown's who brought him to Washington. Same phone number, too.

Allbaugh, you'll remember, is the founder of the Shaw Group, which quickly secured $100 million for a FEMA housing contract, and represents companies like Halliburton that are seeking more FEMA money.

One big question - why is the media not leaping on this?

Friday, November 25, 2005

Michael D. Brown To Start Emergency Management Consulting Business

Many actors state "I am not a doctor, but I play one on TV." Michael Brown attemped to play a professional emergency manager this summer in the real life drama - Hurricane Katrina.

Now, the man wants to establish a consulting firm to allegedly help others in a monumental attempt to salvage his extremely damaged reputation. I can only speak for myself - but anyone who attempts to hire this man, and pay him for his so-called expertise, would only serve to further damage the emergency management profession.

This man has no credentials in emergency management. He is not a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and holds no professional credentials as a full-time emergency manager. His claim to fame - his inaction as the former head of FEMA, contributed to hundreds of deaths of civilians in one of the greatest recorded disasters in this country's history.

So folks, what do you think? Please comment

HEADLINE - MICHAEL BROWN TO START CONSULTING FIRM
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Former FEMA Director Michael D. Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

"If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses -- because that goes straight to the bottom line -- then I hope I can help the country in some way," Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.

Brown said officials need to "take inventory" of what's going on in a disaster to be able to answer questions to avoid appearing unaware of how serious a situation is.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, critics complained about Brown's lack of formal emergency management experience and e-mails that later surfaced showed him as out of touch with the extent of the devastation.

The lawyer admits that while he was head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency mistakes were made in the response to Katrina. He also said he had been planning to quit before the hurricane hit.

"Hurricane Katrina showed how bad disasters can be, and there's an incredible need for individuals and businesses to understand how important preparedness is," he said.

Brown said companies already have expressed interested in his consulting business, Michael D. Brown LLC. He plans to run it from the Boulder area, where he lived before joining the Bush administration in 2001.