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New DHS Secretary Outlines Priorities for FEMA

Jan 29, 2009

Secretary Napolitano has asked FEMA to work with state and local emergency management .
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced two “action directives,” including one on Federal Emergency U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced two “action directives,” including one on Federal Emergency  Management Agency (FEMA) integration with state and local partners.

In a press release outlining her expectations, Secretary Napolitano has asked FEMA to work with state and local emergency management to “Immediately review plans and activities underway to strengthen and coordinate
preparedness activities and assess any overlaps and inconsistencies in these plans and activities” and to “Immediately submit any possible restructuring or consolidations for these plans and activities that are necessary and identify areas where state and local emergency management agencies can provide input.”

An oral report is due Feb. 9, with a final report due Feb. 23. Napolitano has said she will continue to issue additional action directives in the coming days focused on the missions critical to the department: Protection, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Immigration.