Transcript: Hurricane Sandy press briefing Q&A on why FEMA is needed to coordinate disaster response

Transcript: Hurricane Sandy press briefing Q&A on why FEMA is needed to coordinate disaster response on Oct. 30, 2012:

Question:
Are there examples in this storm that show why you need to have FEMA acting as a coordinator and assisting the state and local governments here? Is it possible to say how this would have been different if those officials have been working on their own?

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate:
I don’t even know where to begin. We’ve been doing what we’re designed to do, which is to facilitate on behalf of the federal family the resources to the Governors as they need them so that states are not having to go through all the federal agencies to determine what assistance that is available and also coordinating the assistance that they’re going to need for the recovery.

…We’ve been doing our jobs, which is to support states and to support – coordinate on behalf of the President and the Secretaries the resources of the federal government.

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