However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not have a Southeast Regional Director -- the seven-state region that includes states hardest hit by hurricanes. The states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
According to AP, "Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama have averaged nearly one major natural disaster a year for the past 25 years -- highest in the country."
A new FEMA Chief, David Paulison, was sworn in last week. Interim directors are in charge in three regions: the Gulf Coast, the mid-Atlantic and the northern plains states. In addition, the Agency is short one-fifth of its workforce.
Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), chair of the House government oversight committee, "led a special inquiry after Katrina to expose flaws in the nation's emergency response system. That analysis concluded in February that local, state and federal officials did not work hard enough to prepare for catastrophes, leaving the Gulf Coast vulnerable."