WASHINGTON—Today the Senate confirmed Brock Long to become administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, chair and vice chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, respectively, commend Congress on Long’s quick confirmation given the vital federal-state partnership needed in hurricane and wildfire season, as well as other persistent threats states face, and offer the following statement:

Emergency management is a shared responsibility among state, local and federal officials. Governors recognize the need for a strong FEMA administrator who respects the role and authority of states in disasters and encourages a collaborative approach to emergency management.

Brock Long’s nomination and confirmation demonstrate a commitment to ensuring states remain active, full-fledged partners with the federal government in emergency management efforts. In addition, his Brock Long’s decades of experience will help to ensure FEMA continues to foster an all-hazard, whole-community approach to emergency management.

Gov. Hutchinson and Gov. Brown sent a support letter for Long’s nomination last week. To view the letter, click here.

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