FEMA chief says economy adds to storm challenges

The Federal Emergency Management director says a bad economy that's causing belt tightening all over shouldn't stop government officials from preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.

Craig Fugate on Tuesday stressed how important it is for newly elected public officials to learn how to respond during hurricanes and other powerful storms. Hurricane season for the Atlantic officially begins on June 1.

Speaking to attendees at the National Hurricane Conference, Fugate said that governors, mayors and others must participate in hurricane preparedness drills to understand the decisions they could have to make this summer. He also stressed the need for emergency management community to take advantage of social media to engage the public.

The conference continues through Saturday.



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