If you listen to Craig Fugate, you might just think he's getting ready to endorse Food Insurance. Who is Fugate? He is the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA. And in a recent interview with the Weather Channel, he was sure to trumpet a Glenn Beck-style message of preparedness.
After the Weather Channel asked what were the main challenges facing the agency, Fugate opined:
People need to be prepared. The biggest challenge in any disaster is the tendency for people to think that somebody else is coming to rescue them when the reality is time and time again we see the closest rescuers are your neighbors. So people who don’t prepare, don’t get ready and aren’t able to help each other, that’s probably our biggest challenge. As we continue to deal with all of the issues we face in government, I think it always comes back to people need to understand they are part of the team and they have a role and we’re going to focus on our job. But we won’t be successful if the public isn’t prepared. [Emphasis added]
Careful, Craig, you could soon be mocked for talking like that. No matter how much sense it makes.