Situation in hand: Brown (pointing), President Bush and others study a map in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Michael D. Brown’s got cojones—either that, or a distressing lack of self-awareness on some fundamental level. The former FEMA director, roundly roasted for his too-little-too-late leadership style during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, is now aiming to bring his disaster management skills to California’s fire-ravaged regions.
“The agency has learned some hard lessons regarding the handling of mass evacuations especially in regard to the bureaucratic red tape that is involved in such a process,” said Mr. Brown. “This is a tragic time for many of the people of California, and Cotton Companies is working to ensure that normalcy is restored and that businesses and organizations are back up and running as soon as possible.”