You can never completely trust everything you read in the press, but if this story has any merit to it, this dude Brown is going to fry.
I would feel sorry for him, for the public spearing he is going to get, if it wasn’t so well deserved, and if it were not for the fact that people’s lives were lost.
Consider this scenario from the story: You are the director of the government’s body to handle emergencies. One of your subordinates on location at an emergency tells you, “the levees have broken, there is going to be major flooding in an urban area,” what do you do?
- a.) overreact – by sending as many supplies and as many workers as possible to the area
- b.) react – tell your man in the field help is on the way and then follow whatever procedure exists for handling a flood
- c.) Say, “thank you.” Hang up. Call your boss the President so he can make a decision.
Because if there’s anyone who has more knowledge of what to do in a natural disaster than the former head of the Arabian horse show… it’s definitely the former owner of a major leaue baseball team and other assorted failed business enterprises.
Way to pass the buck Mike.
I’m sure that the words: “responsible” and “proactive” and “ability to make decisions under pressure” were part of the job description for FEMA’s top job.