WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted 95-4 to confirm North Carolina native William B. “Brock” Long to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Long is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and currently lives with his family in Hickory, North Carolina.

“Having strong disaster preparedness and recovery infrastructure is critically important for North Carolina,” said Senator Burr. “Brock Long understands that it is the work done before a storm that saves lives. Helping states and cities establish emergency management plans allows funding and assistance to flow almost immediately after the storm has passed.  Brock will put his wealth of experience to good use at FEMA.”

“The tragic flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew demonstrated why having a responsive and effective FEMA is vital to saving lives and mitigating the loss of property during natural disasters,” said Senator Tillis. “Brock Long is a North Carolina native who has an impressive track record, and he will bring an intimate understanding of the unique needs of our state when it comes to flood management and disaster recovery.”

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