Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino delivered remarks today at the 2010 National Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Conference in New Orleans, discussing the importance of local, state, and federal coordination in preparedness for our nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas. Deputy Administrator of Protection and National Preparedness Tim Manning and Assistant Administrator of Grant Programs Elizabeth Harman also delivered remarks at the conference.
This week’s conference, hosted by the New Orleans UASI, is attended by fire, law enforcement and emergency management representatives from the nation’s 64 largest metropolitan areas as well as all 50 states and four territories, and federal agencies.
“This conference gives us the chance to discuss the unique challenges involved in ensuring that highly-populated urban areas are prepared to handle any emergency,” said Deputy Administrator Serino. “We have emergency response experts at all levels of government coming together to look at ways to better engage the public as part of the emergency management team, so that our communities are safe, resilient and prepared for all hazards.”
The conference provides a forum for UASI participants, Metropolitan Medical Response System recipients, Port Security and Transit stakeholders, State Administrative Agencies, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and private sector partners to discuss how to best implement and support homeland security and emergency preparedness programs across the nation. Other DHS officials participating in the conference include Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Assistant Secretary Dr. Alexander Garza, OHA Resilience Division Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Health Threats Bob Hooks, OHA BioWatch Program Deputy Manager Ulana Bodnar, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Office of Emergency Communications Director Chris Essid, NPPD Office of Risk Management and Analysis Assistant Director for Risk Governance Bob Kolasky, and NPPD Office of Emergency Communications Regional Coordinator Program Manager Claudia Wayne.
FEMA’s participation in the conference is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all key stakeholders are prepared for the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season, which started June 1 and runs through November. FEMA is coordinating across the federal government and with all partners that comprise the nation’s emergency preparedness team to ensure they have the resources and support they need to be ready. For more preparedness information, visit www.fema.gov and www.Ready.gov.
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