FEMA is Fugate's Folly. He has turned FEMA back into the same pathetic low moral Executive Retirement Agency that failed to respond to Hurricane Andrew.
Management, Team Building and Communications (if you call employee threats, humiliation and tantrums communication) are skills he neglected to develop. His mantra and favorite conversation stopper is, "If you don't like it, find another job". The taunt is parroted now by senior management in nearly every memo. The result is thousands of the most experienced FEMA Reservists took Fugate's advice and resigned. The Reservists who stayed are on a perpetual furlough and must remain in On Call alert and do FEMA work at home in a non-pay status or they will be fired. which, as I mentioned, is brow beaten into them regularly. Since Katrina, FEMA has had much difficulty attracting first rate talent. No one who can read, looks at FEMA seriously as a positive career step to have on your resume. FEMA seems to get the outcasts from other agencies. Another management failure is putting the people in the wrong position and ignoring their strengths. The Firemen from all over the country who responded to call to help out after Katrina were sent to Atlanta, where the FEMA External Affairs Officer spent three day teaching them how to pass out flyers. The firemen complained they expertise was being wasted. The External Affairs Officer became upset and she berated the firemen extensively and questioned their manhood, their courage, and their dedication to FEMA and a citizens of America. Typical FEMA problem solving technique. The woman is still with FEMA, senior management could not find anything wrong with her work. She ahs been promoted and receives handsome bonuses every year.
FEMA is a small agency, it's almost like a family. There are even two Org Charts. The Official Org Chart and the Relative Org Chart of who is related to who. The Relative Org Chart is the more important of the two. It is the quickest way to promotions with the least amount of work.
So is FEMA ready for the next big disaster? No.
FEMA, internally, is a house of cards about ready to collapse.