posted on February 11, 2009
By: BRETT BARROUQUERE
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 04, 2009
Source: Associated Press Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that lessons the department learned from its disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina are being put to use as Kentucky digs out from a deadly winter storm.
In a phone interview with The Associated Press, FEMA director Nancy Ward said the agency started coordinating with state officials early in the crisis instead of waiting for local officials to be overwhelmed.
The agency's image took a beating after the August 2005 hurricane that leveled New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general issued a report calling the agency's response slow and ineffective - echoing the charges of critics in the aftermath of the deadly hurricane.