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Katrina FEMA Michael Brown

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#1 DWF

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 12:11 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...brown_disasters

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Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

"If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses because that goes straight to the bottom line then I hope I can help the country in some way," Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.

Brown said officials need to "take inventory" of what's going on in a disaster to be able to answer questions to avoid appearing unaware of how serious a situation is.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, critics complained about Brown's lack of formal emergency management experience and e-mails that later surfaced showed him as out of touch with the extent of the devastation.

The lawyer admits that while he was head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency mistakes were made in the response to Katrina. He also said he had been planning to quit before the hurricane hit.

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 01:48 AM

How to CAUSE them, right?  At last, something Brownie's good at!

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 02:16 AM

I'm trying not to snicker here--truly, I am.  I'll stop as soon as I see evidence that Michael Brown knows about disaster preparedness and education, rather than the lack thereof.
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Posted 25 November 2005 - 02:16 AM

To be fair he caused nothing, that was the problem him not acting. He had an emergency and he didn't manage it thus making it worse than it could have been but he didn't create it in the first place. Neither him or his people had any control over the hurricane or the levees just the aftermath. I'm suprised he thinks that anyone would want to be associated with this firm after he clearly showed his own lack of managent skills. But this is America the land of second chances and reinventing yourself and all that.
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Posted 25 November 2005 - 09:32 AM

^^^ROFL

I have to agree with tennyson....

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I'm suprised he thinks that anyone would want to be associated with this firm after he clearly showed his own lack of managent skills. But this is America the land of second chances and reinventing yourself and all that

But then most people don't have their lack of knowledge and skill so publicly exposed.  

I'm sorry I just can't stop laughing except to shake my head at this idea of his that anyone would want to hire him....

But then again I'm sure someone out there will ... :wacko:

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 05:29 PM

His company's new motto:

"Do as I say, not as I do."

Wonder what his client list will look like.

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#7 Lin731

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 11:04 AM

What next, Saddam teaching a Humanities class or Bin Laden teaching diplomacy????
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 12:36 PM

Actually if he can manage to hire competent mid and upper level management types who aren't afraid to tell him when to shut up and let us do our jobs.

I still say he was just the FEMA figurehead- all of those in apex positions pretty much are - the real failure occured down at the levels were some one should have 'grown a pair' and done what needed to be done instead of wussing about possibly overstepping their authority and offending some one with the power to take their jobs.
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 12:50 AM

Point well noted, Shal.  (Think Peter Principle.)  But, from what I've seen, the guy had limited or none in the way of the kind of experience to run FEMA.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:21 AM

From news reports not only did he not have any experience with emergency management but what he claimed to have turned out to be a lie or rather an exaggeration of the position he had actually held.

And of course he was a figurhead....a political appointee

The thing is that when you accept a position as the head of anything...be it a government agency or a business...that you are the one person everyone blames so it's best to either figure out how to fix it or step up and accept the blame

Nobody knows Bob Smith or Joe Jones who screwed up on the lower levels....they only see and know the person who is the head and thus the face of the organization

And when it came down to it....Brown did not want to accept blame for the problems that came along with the perks of the job.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:31 AM

Lin731, on Nov 26 2005, 11:04 AM, said:

What next, Saddam teaching a Humanities class or Bin Laden teaching diplomacy????

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Or Muammar al-Qaddafi winning the Nobel peace prize?  :blink:
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:19 AM

Agreed Lost Cause, and Trikay, agreed to all.  

I certainly don't think he'll do any good and I find it incomprehensible that he thinks he will ( and obviously he must since he is starting a firm )

I certainly wouldn't hire him, but the world's over all obliviousness continually astounds me so...* chuff of unamused laughter* he might well find clients.
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:38 AM

DWF, on Nov 27 2005, 08:31 AM, said:

Lin731, on Nov 26 2005, 11:04 AM, said:

What next, Saddam teaching a Humanities class or Bin Laden teaching diplomacy????

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Or Muammar al-Qaddafi winning the Nobel peace prize?  :blink:

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Don't laugh.  Weird things happen:  Such as Sudan and Libya on the UN Human Rights Commission.

Addendum:  That kind of weird insures that Brown will have not only a sizeable client list, but very well known clients.

Edited by Lost Cause, 27 November 2005 - 11:40 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:54 PM

Lost Cause, on Nov 25 2005, 02:29 PM, said:

His company's new motto:

"Do as I say, not as I do."

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Or perhaps, "We do a heck of a job."  :rolleyes:  

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:57 PM

Nonny, on Nov 27 2005, 09:54 PM, said:

Or perhaps, "We do a heck of a job."  :rolleyes: 

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Turn the words about for something good:

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#16 DWF

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:17 PM

Lost Cause, on Nov 27 2005, 11:38 AM, said:

DWF, on Nov 27 2005, 08:31 AM, said:

Lin731, on Nov 26 2005, 11:04 AM, said:

What next, Saddam teaching a Humanities class or Bin Laden teaching diplomacy????

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Or Muammar al-Qaddafi winning the Nobel peace prize?  :blink:

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Don't laugh.  Weird things happen:  Such as Sudan and Libya on the UN Human Rights Commission.

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That was the reason why he won the award.  ;)
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 11:41 PM

Given the way things are going with the Peace Prize's awardings, I wouldn't be surprised if Khadaffi did win it at some point.  I mean, they gave it to Yasser Arafat in '94, didn't they?

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:07 AM

Now all he needs is the presidential Medal of Freedom and he can join the ranks of George Tenant and J. Paul Bremer in the administration's "competency" pantheon... :crazy:
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