Obama makes pick for FEMA director

March 4, 2009 10:46:57 AM PST
President Barack Obama says he plans to name Florida's state emergency director to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Craig Fugate was named by Obama in a statement issued by the White House Wednesday.

Fugate has been director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management since 2001.

Obama says Craig Fugate will travel with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Gulf Coast on Thursday to meet with local officials still struggling to recover from 2005 hurricanes.

Fugate previously served as Florida's assistant director for emergency management for nearly five years. Fugate has been praised for his efforts steering Florida through numerous hurricanes in the past decade.

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