FEMA was vilified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
The agency had better luck dealing with Hurricane Wilma in Florida, but Bush says FEMA still needs serious improvement.
Gov. Jeb Bush says, “As a team, we need to get better, and FEMA, I think, its reform will play a vital role in that. I think there’s an expectation that FEMA can do a better job.”
Bush spent more than three hours in a closed-door meeting with Fran Townsend, the president’s special assistant for homeland security.
Townsend also met with governors in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama to get their suggestions on how to improve the federal government’s response to natural disasters.