Florida's EMA director is President's choice to lead FEMA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida emergency management director Craig Fugate is President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

An official close to the announcement said on condition of
anonymity Wednesday that appointment would be made public later Wednesday.

Anonymity was requested because the official was not authorized to release the decision.

Fugate was named director of Florida's Division of Emergency
Management in 2001 by former Gov. Jeb Bush and retained by the current governor, Charlie Crist.

He previously served as the assistant director for nearly five years.

Fugate has been praised for his efforts steering Florida
successfully through numerous hurricanes in the past decade.

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