Today Governor John Bel Edwards is slated to meet with new FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says Edwards would like to discuss how local, state, and federal authorities can partner to prepare the city of New Orleans for another devastating flood.
Of course last year’s flood will also be an issue for the two to discuss.
“There’s a lot of topics to cover, but obviously the governor wants to be able to discuss FEMA’s response to the floods of last year,” Carbo said.
During the floods of 2016, 56 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes were declared federal disaster areas. FEMA was on hand to help with emergency response and the rebuilding. Carbo notes Long has close ties to Louisiana.
“He’s a former state homeland security director in Alabama during several storms of the last decade that took in evacuees from Louisiana, and he was very instrumental in that,” Carbo said.
Long led the Alabama Emergency Management Agency from 2008 to 2011 and was State Incident Commander during the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. He also previously worked as a Hurricane Program Manager at FEMA during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Carbo says Long already has a great relationship with the governor and others in his administration.
“The governor just thinks it’s important to foster that relationship and make sure that the lines of communication are open in the event a disaster heads towards Louisiana,” Carbo said.