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Is FEMA ready for a California earthquake?

On Sep. 2, KFI AM 640 Los Angeles hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou conducted an interview with Karen E. Armes, who's the Acting Regional Director for FEMA's Region IX (covering CA, HI, AZ, NV, Guam, and American Samoa).
The audio is linked from here, and this is a direct link.
As with other John and Ken interviews, it didn't go too well. They were a little unfocused, but Armes also didn't really say anything beyond standard bureaucratic responses. From her bio, it doesn't appear that she has a disaster management background.
She says she doesn't anticipate the water being shut off in Los Angeles in case of an earthquake or major disaster. She points to the Northridge earthquake as an example of the water continuing to flow, however, John and Ken point out that a much more devastating quake could occur.
John Kobylt: "the way you're answering these questions is absolutely terrifying... I have zero faith that anyone is going to come and help me and my family or my neighbors or my city out for a week after something happens... I'm hearing bureaucratic gobblygook..."

Is your local FEMA director competent or a political hack?

The Seattle Times reports that "Local FEMA chief had little disaster experience". While I'm not expecting much, due to partisanship perhaps they'll shine a similar light on the FEMA directors and staff in their areas. From the article:

John Pennington, the official in charge of federal disaster response in the Northwest, was a four-term Republican state representative who ran a mom-and-pop coffee company in Cowlitz County when then-Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn helped him get his federal post.
Before he was appointed regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pennington got a degree from a correspondence school that government investigators later described as a "diploma mill."
Pennington, 38, says he worked for his degree and he is qualified for the FEMA job...

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