Building Stronger Societies Webinar Series: Organising Ourselves for the Next Crisis

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As part of RUSI’s Building Stronger Societies webinar series, Craig Fugate, former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Elisabeth Braw, Senior Research Fellow in Modern Deterrence, RUSI, will discuss how liberal democracies can organise themselves so as to be better prepared for future crises.


When the coronavirus pandemic struck the world, a fact that had previously not been considered critical became obvious: most Western countries are ill-prepared for crises. While governments may have plans, crisis preparedness needs to involve the public as well. In this webinar, chaired by Elisabeth Braw, Craig Fugate discusses potential solutions on how to transform preparedness into effective crisis response.

Speaker Biography

Craig Fugate is the former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Florida Director for the Emergency Management Division, he oversaw the "Big 4 of '04" and as the Administrator for FEMA, he organised recovery efforts for a record of eighty-seven disasters in 2011. He served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Craig led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under his leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, he was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina and Wilma).


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