FEMA Administrator meets European crisis management community in Brussels

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell discussed the importance of disaster-resilient communities with European crisis management officials in Brussels last week.

Partnerships with the international disaster community provide vital learning opportunities. By sharing lessons learned, all parties are better able to prepare for future events, thereby protecting their citizens and infrastructure. Resilience techniques are particularly important points of collaboration because their effectiveness in the real world can be compared, tested and reinforced.

“If the past two years of the pandemic have taught us anything, it’s that we’re all in this together,” Criswell said during a speech to the network of directors-general of the European Crisis Centre. “The partnerships we are forging in this room today are part of our strong global crisis management system. Together, we are building the resilience of our nations by recognizing the interdependencies that exist between us.

To demonstrate this commitment to this international collaboration, Criswell has signed a cooperation protocol with the Belgian National Crisis Center. The memorandum formalizes bilateral cooperation in crisis management between FEMA and the Center.

During his trip, Criswell also met with the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the European Commission‘s service for humanitarian aid and civil protection abroad. She discussed crisis response efforts with her European counterparts. She also visited their response center, finding similarities between it and FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center.

Administrator Criswell also met with the leadership of the US Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and NATO Assistant Secretary General Mircea Geoana. Their discussions focused on the evolving nature of resilience and the importance of FEMA’s crisis management expertise to advance shared priorities.

You can read Administrator Criswell’s full remarks to the European Crisis Center Chief Executives Network and his remarks on approaches to crisis management on FEMA.gov.

BRUSSELS — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell is welcomed to Brussels by U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Michael Adler. (Photo taken by FEMA photographer)

BRUSSELS — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell (center left) speaks with North Atlantic Treaty Organization Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana (opposite Criswell) on the evolving nature of resilience with its European counterparts in charge of crisis management. (Photo taken by a NATO photographer)

BRUSSELS — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivers a keynote address to the network of chief executives of the European Crisis Center. His remarks focused on resilience, international collaboration and strengthening the industry. (Photo taken by FEMA photographer)

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