Mike Brown now has his new career ahead of him. That career is a consulting
business on how to handle disasters. This from
Ousted FEMA director Michael Brown, who was vilified over his handling of
the Hurricane Katrina disaster, plans to make a fresh start in Colorado,
selling his expertise about how emergency planning can go right or so very
“You have to do it with candor. To do it otherwise gives you no
credibility,” Brown said Wednesday. “I think people are curious: ‘My gosh,
what was it like? The media just really beat you up. You made mistakes. I
don’t want to be in that situation. How do I avoid that?’ ”
In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Brown acknowledged key
mistakes he made while overseeing the federal response to the hurricane that
ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi. He also lashed out at the media and
discussed plans to base his fledgling consulting business in the
Boulder-Longmont area of Colorado, where he lived before joining the Bush
Administration in 2001.
Well now considering the testimony Brown gave before Congress on the failure,
I guess his expertise will fall along the lines of “don’t take the blame, put it
on others”. He might also include a crash course on “how to enjoy a meal while
If should be interesting to see if his business flies. His only real disaster
experience came from the very job he lost.
If being a failure at something that costs lives means success then perhaps
Charles Manson could open up a consulting business on leadership.