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Brown forms firm for emergency training

Nov. 25, 2005 at 1:03 PM

DENVER, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, the ousted Federal Emergency Management Agency director, plans a fresh start in Colorado -- selling his expertise in emergency planning.

Brown, who was vilified over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, has formed a consulting firm to help clients avoid the kind of mistakes that sank his career at FEMA, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

In an interview, Brown acknowledged key mistakes he made while overseeing the federal response to the hurricane that ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi. He also lashed out at the media.

"I think people are curious: 'My gosh, what was it like? The media just really beat you up. You made mistakes. I don't want to be in that situation. How do I avoid that?'"

He said Katrina "showed how bad disasters can be and there's an incredible need for individuals and businesses to understand how important preparedness is."

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