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His Jackson Hole speech today fed chief Ben Bernanke noted that the US economy is still vulnerable to what he calls.
Quote unexpected development former FEMA director Michael Brown says one such unexpected development would be another massive hurricane such as Katrina -- of the Gulf Coast of course.
Five years ago Sunday and brown believes even after all this time the government still isn't ready for the next big storm and that's bad news for the economy he's author of the upcoming book blinding indifference.
Joining us now.
From New Orleans up but this is distressing that Michael that we're not ready after the smackdown of the devastation and and frankly death and in New Orleans.
After Hurricane Katrina -- we're still not ready for something else.
-- hardly those behind David.
That's that's the truth.
I interviewed Harry -- This week boy was there on here here's a new documentary called the big -- It's about the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers not only what they give prior to Katrina but even what they're doing now with the levees.
If you think about that problem here you know we have a similar problem with levees.
In Sacramento California -- looks -- -- valley is protected by levees that I'm concerned that we're we're taking -- complacent attitude.
Because we haven't had anything since Katrina.
That is something big happens pay the government's ready everybody's learned -- lessons and we'll all be Johnny happiness.
And I just don't see that yeah -- what what should we be doing what.
I think first and foremost I think we need to recognize that.
-- if we don't get congress to change the rules in terms of making certain that state and local governments have the strongest kind of police departments fire departments in particular that the urban search and rescue teams are probably expanded I get some more teams out there and then.
Gideon -- and find out from the real bureaucrats the real civil servants that actually push the paperwork through to pay for these projects.
What can we do to help you do that -- how can we help you cut the red tape I'm down here in five years later David charity hospital.
Is still surrounded by barbed wire it's nothing happened to you is that in the lower ninth.
No -- not in the lower ninth but it was one of the key points of our one of our focus -- during Katrina because if it's a major hostage major trauma -- There and we we work to get those patients have to keep -- hospital up and running they haven't built for replacement hospital here.
It's it's so hard to tell -- hurricanes are going to hit me right now we've got hurricane Danielle that looks like it'll it'll dogleg to the right and and hopefully not hit the East Coast but.
But do we need better forecasted -- mean we have a weather guy down in Florida who was some screaming and yelling this is gonna be really bad back during Katrina do we need better forecasters or do we need better equipment in that regard are we good on that level.
I think we're good on that level I think we're were missing on that level is the understanding of what the forecast mean.
-- win the National Hurricane Center puts that zone of probability out there.
What does that really mean to me living in Houston or Galveston or normal and I don't think people really understand that.
And I think that's a that's a function -- I think we as Americans need to better understand.
What the risks are where we live.
Former FEMA director Michael -- is author of the book deadly indifference great to see get Michael thanks for -- -- you guys saying they're here.
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