Saturday, May 06, 2006

Yeah? You better be.

Chertoff: We're ready:
"Touring one of the government's main hurricane response centers, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said this week that he is 'very confident' that federal officials are ready for hurricane season and that FEMA's staffing levels will be near full strength in the next month.

His trip with acting Federal Emergency Management Agency Director David Paulison to south Georgia and an earlier stop Tuesday in Florida came as a key House lawmaker demanded specifics on FEMA's staffing to ensure enough experienced workers are on hand by the June 1 start of the 2006 hurricane season.

Chertoff said the agency will meet or at least come close to its goal of filling 95 percent of its vacancies by the start of the season.

'We're hiring as rapidly as we can, and we're prepared to bring all the resources,' Chertoff said as he toured one of the agency's two main communications centers in the nation's hurricane-prone states."

No comments: