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Back in Florida, Craig Fugate is happy to leave the next disaster to a new FEMA chief

Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office this past October after briefing the president about Hurricane Matthew.

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Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office this past October after briefing the president about Hurricane Matthew.

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Naturally, disaster threatened North Florida as Craig Fugate returned home after seven years in Washington running the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The tornadoes last month passed, and Fugate got on with decompressing.

"It's 70 degrees, the azaleas are blooming and I'm in my hammock," he said by phone from Gainesville last week. "When we get done talking, I'll walk inside and my wife and I will have dinner in our home. Now I have to figure out what I'm going to do next."

Fugate, 57, was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 after guiding Florida's Division of Emergency Management through a series of hurricanes and other calamities.

By all accounts, the plainspoken former Alachua County firefighter helped bring FEMA back into good standing following the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.

"I give a lot of credit to the people I got to work with and a very tolerant president who basically indulged me and let me do what I do best," said Fugate, a Democrat who worked for Republican governors in Florida.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 5:05pm]

    

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