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Morongo Tribal Councilman Appointed to FEMA Council

A Morongo tribal councilman was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council, FEMA announced Friday.

Brian Lugo, a member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians tribal council in Banning, is one of 10 new appointees to the FEMA advisory council.

The panel works toward “effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters,” and makes recommendations to FEMA administrators, according to FEMA.

FEMA received more than 500 applications, which were reviewed by a panel of senior government officials.
Five people were also re-appointed to the council, according to FEMA.

“We look forward to continued dialogue on emergency management to support states, strengthen outreach efforts to Indian country and engage the whole community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

“Both the new and re-appointed members represent a cross-section of the emergency management team, and their insight is valued.”


By: City News Service
Published: August 9, 2013