Security firms partner

Security firms partner

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Washington companies Ridge Global and Global Emergency Solutions will work together to provide integrated emergency planning and response services.

FEMA readies Ike generators, food, water

HOUSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. emergency management officials said Saturday they are planning to move large electrical generators into areas of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Ike.
FEMA helps with Gustav, preps for Hanna

FEMA helps with Gustav, preps for Hanna

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Relief workers are providing protection and sustenance in areas affected by Hurricane Gustav along the U.S. Gulf Coast, a federal official said Wednesday.

Wis. flood zone declared disaster area

MILWAUKEE, June 15 (UPI) -- President George Bush has declared five Wisconsin counties struck by flooding federal disaster areas, the White House announced.

Homeland security: The week ahead

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Foreign policy, and in particular relations with so-called rogue states like Iran and Syria, has taken center stage in the presidential election campaign this week -- with the row over President Bush's comments in Israel about appeasement. What other security-type stories are we going to see on the news agenda over the next seven days?
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Feds to tour tornado-damaged areas

Feds to tour tornado-damaged areas

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 12 (UPI) -- Federal assistance representatives will see damage first-hand in a tour of the U.S. states ripped by tornadoes that killed at least 22 people, officials said.

FEMA announces new formaldehyde rules

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday announced regulations limiting the amount of formaldehyde allowed in mobile homes for disaster victims.

FEMA head to exit before inauguration

MIAMI, Alaska, April 2 (UPI) -- Director R. David Paulison of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told reporters in Florida that he would resign before a change in U.S. administrations.

FEMA media official resigns

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A second Federal Emergency Management Agency media official has lost his job in the dust-up over a staged news conference during California's recent wildfires.

FEMA red-faced over staged news conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency issued an apology for staging a Washington news conference in which actual reporters couldn't ask questions.

Fake FEMA news conference costly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Staging a bogus news conference cost the Federal Emergency Management Agency's director of external communications a new job with national intelligence.

FEMA storm preparedness plans under wraps

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency refuses to release "gap analyses" on preparations for major storms on the U.S. coasts.

Bush empathizes with Calif. fire victims

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Tuesday expressed sympathy for residents of Southern California forced from their homes by raging wildfires.

FEMA appoints law enforcement adviser

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The former chief of police from Salt Lake City has been appointed the law enforcement adviser to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Homeland Security Dept. plans exercise

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans to conduct the largest and most comprehensive counter-terrorism exercise to date.
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David Paulison
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (L) shakes hands with new Federal Emergency Management Agency Director David Paulison (R) as Pauilson's wife Kathy smiles at the FEMA headquarters building in Washington on June 8, 2006. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)

Official Portrait

Robert David Paulison (born 1947) is a former fire chief who served as the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Paulison was appointed by President George W. Bush on September 12, 2005 to replace the embattled Michael D. Brown, who resigned amid controversy over his handling of disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to his appointment, Paulison was perhaps best known nationally for his 2003 advisory regarding household items (including duct tape and plastic sheeting) to have on hand in case of terrorist attack. At the 2009 National Hurricane Conference, he announced he would resign January 21, 2009.

Paulison was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. He attended North Miami Senior High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University, and later completed a program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for government service executives. After beginning his career as a firefighter, Paulison rose through the ranks, and became fire chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 1992. He was subsequently named fire chief of the year for Florida in 1993, and has thirty years of experience as a firefighter. In addition, he was also president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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