This weekend NPR quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me continued its trend of asking federal officials with science and/or technology responsibilities questions about things they probably know little about. During the current Administration the program has talked with two Energy Secretaries, one Surgeon General, and Directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. For the program’s Not My Job segment this week the guest was Craig Fugate, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The game Fugate played was as trivial as expected, but the interview was an interesting short review of his qualifications (fire science training and emergency management experience in Florida), the kinds of emergencies FEMA wants to be prepared for, and how Fugate measures disasters and trains other emergency management officials. You might have new respect for a certain restaurant after listening to Fugate.