The IAFC is most pleased that the U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly confirmed Brock Long as FEMA administrator. The vote was 95-4.
Long has more than 16 years of experience in the field of emergency management, including serving as the director of the Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) from 2008-2011. As the AEMA Director, Long served as the state coordinating officer for 14 disasters and served as the state incident commander during the Deepwater Horizon spill. He also has previous experience working at FEMA as a regional hurricane planner and response team leader.
Chief John Sinclair, IAFC president and chairman of the board, said it is important that FEMA is led by someone with Long’s experience.
He understands the importance of building up morale at FEMA and developing a trained and experienced core of disaster management experts within the FEMA staff. He also understands the roles of federal, state and local communities during a major disaster and how they should work together for an effective response.
The IAFC endorsed Long's appointment by President Trump earlier this month. (PDF)