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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/13/2010

FEMA's Craig Fugate on Twitter and preparedness (Video)

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate spoke Thursday with John Solomon for his In Case of Emergency Blog after a brief speech to the Red Cross Emergency Data Summit.

Fugate is the only senior Obama administration official The Eye knows of that's not afraid of a FlipCam-wielding blogger, especially Solomon, who's a close observer of Homeland Security policy not affiliated with a major news organization. (Fugate later told The Eye that he regularly reads Solomon's blog for its frank, outside assessment of FEMA's work.)

Fugate, the former head of Florida's emergency management team, also has his own Twitter handle, @CraigatFEMA and just this week clarified that he writes his own Tweets.

It helps "get rid of the mystique of being an administrator of a federal agency," Fugate told Solomon. "There always seem to be these barriers between you and interacting with people everyday."

But his bigger point to Solomon and the conference was that social media should help emergency management agencies get two-way input from disaster survivors that can help them better shape crisis response.

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