WASHINGTON - Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate announced that current FEMA Region VI Administrator Tony Russell was selected to become the new Superintendent of FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, effective May 6.
EMI is the emergency management community's flagship training institution, and provides training to emergency managers at all levels of government, volunteer organizations, and the private sector as they work to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies. EMI trains more than two million students annually, and is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md.
"I'm confident that Tony is the right person to take on this important role," said Fugate. "The emergency management training that takes place at EMI is critical to the FEMA mission and with Tony's leadership, I'm confident that we will continue to educate and train the country's finest emergency managers."
Russell was appointed as the FEMA Region VI Administrator in December 2009, and has been responsible for the oversight of FEMA operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. He previously served as the Acting Director of FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office and as a Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA Region VIII.
Russell's accomplishments while serving as the Region VI Administrator include the streamlining and reinvigoration of recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike in Louisiana and Texas. He also oversaw many federal disaster and emergency declarations for events such as flooding, tornadoes and severe winter storms in all five of the region's states.
FEMA Region VI Deputy Administrator Tony Robinson will assume the duties of Acting Regional Administrator upon Russell's departure.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.