NFPA Conference speakers include FEMA head R. David Paulison
QUINCY, Mass.--Hear what the federal government learned as the result of Hurricane Katrina from R. David Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, at this year's National Fire Protection Agency's World Safety Conference and Exposition, scheduled for June 4-8 in Orlando.
Paulison, a former firefighter and administrator of several programs designed to strengthen state and community emergency preparedness efforts, was appointed acting director of FEMA and acting under-secretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response following Hurricane Katrina, on Sept. 12, 2005.
The NFPA said that Paulson's speech will "provide valuable insights on how the response to Hurricane Katrina may have influenced the responses to hurricanes Rita and Wilma," and said that NFPA members will have an opportunity to interact with Paulison.
In addition to Paulison, this year's speaker line-up includes NFPA chairman George Ockuly and James Shannon, president of NFPA. On the lighter side, stand-up comedian Kevin Nealon, the longest-running cast member of Saturday Night Live, will entertain attendees at the close of the first day of the conference, Sunday, June 4.