Statement: FEMA/Preparedness Transition

The Post-Katrina Emergency Reform Act of 2006 ("the Act") amended the Homeland Security Act and the President's Katrina Lessons Learned Report and directed changes to FEMA and DHS' organizational structure and included the realigning of several functions into FEMA. 

As part of this reorganization, major national preparedness components and functions to include The Office of Grants and Training, the United States Fire Administration, National Capital Region Coordination, Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program transferred to FEMA, effective April 1, 2007.

"These organizational changes tie directly into FEMA's primary mission, which serves the Department's mission," said FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison.  "They also align with my vision for a New FEMA, which concentrates on improving our operational core competencies.  We are incorporating the concept of preparedness into all of our programs, making the protection and preparedness missions an integral part of our agency."

The new organization reflects the expanded scope of FEMA's departmental responsibilities. It strengthens FEMA's coordination with other DHS components, as well as agencies and departments outside of DHS.  It also enhances FEMA's ability to partner with emergency management and law enforcement and preparedness organizations and the private sector nationwide.

The legislation also provides for a renewed focus on FEMA's Regional Offices as the backbone for its relationship with state and local partners and strengthens the regional organizational structure.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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Last Modified: Monday, 02-Apr-2007 11:00:43 EDT