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Florida's disaster veteran Craig Fugate back in spotlight




Former Florida emergency director Craig Fugate is back in the public spotlight, leading FEMA's efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Fugate flew today with President Obama to New Jersey, where they will survey damage with Gov. Chris Christie.

Since Obama tapped Fugate to take over the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency he has received high marks in turning around the organization and responding to disasters. Now he has another to contend with.

"Craig lives and breathes this stuff, making sure we're providing the help that people so desperately need," Obama said this afternoon in Brigantine, N.J.

Fugate expects to return to Florida at some point. "I'm a Gator," he told the Tampa Bay Times last year. "As soon as the president says I am done, I will be on the way back home as fast as I can get in my vehicle and crank the ignition."

Photo: AP

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:44pm]


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