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Crist Appoints Interim Director to DEM

May 12th, 2009 by flanews

With just three weeks to go until the start of Hurricane Season Florida finally has an interim director to run the Division of Emergency Management.

The Divisions former director, Craig Fugate, is being tapped to head up FEMA. Tuesday Governor Charlie Crist promoted the divisions deputy director Ruben Almaguer to interim director. Almaguer said the state is ready to respond if a storm hits.

The message is real simple and clear. Florida is in good hands. The same team that was in place last week is the same team that’s in place this week. The same capabilities that we had yesterday are the same capabilities we have today. Florida is in good hands because we have a strong leader in the governor, and with the local government emergency management directors and state agencies, Florida is prepared for the 2009 hurricane season. My question is, are you prepared for the 2009 hurricane season,” said Almaguer.

Tuesday Louisiana Senator David Vitter gave up his fight to block Craig Fugates appointment, clearing the way for his confirmation.

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