The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) recently added W. Craig Fugate, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, as keynote speaker for the upcoming Fleet Technical Congress (FTC).
Held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2019 and Green Truck Summit, FTC, set for March 5 at the JV Marriott in Indianapolis IN, addresses issues facing the vocational fleet community, providing strategies and insight to help fleet managers overcome operational challenges.
Other Work Truck Week activities, including educational sessions, Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference and the exhibit hall, which runs March 6-8, are located at the Indiana Convention Center.
The 2019 Fleet Technical Congress will focus on disaster management challenges and strategies, which makes Fugate’s more than 15 years in state and federal emergency management incredibly relevant to the insights that will be shared. Fugate, who served under former President Barack Obama, has managed government response to some of the country’s most devastating natural disasters.
Serving as FEMA administrator from May 2009 to January 2017, Fugate led the organization through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the federal government’s response to major events such as the tornadoes in Joplin MO (2011) and Moore OK (2013), Hurricane Sandy (2012), Hurricane Matthew (2016) and massive Louisiana flooding in 2016.
“Fugate has played a critical role in helping our country recover from some of the most devastating disasters in recent history,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “Emergency preparedness is sometimes overlooked in the work truck industry. Learning how Fugate was able to lead emergency response during such chaotic and challenging situations will help fleet managers develop or improve their own emergency response plans.”
Prior to his position as FEMA administrator, Fugate served as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director. In that role, he led emergency response during the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons that included hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina and Wilma. Currently, he serves as principal of Craig Fugate Consulting, where he provides executive-level advice and consulting in the areas of emergency management and crisis response.
FTC begins at 8:30 a.m. March 5 with opening remarks, followed by Fugate’s keynote address at 8:45 am. After the keynote, attendees can select from a variety of general sessions led by fleet managers and industry suppliers covering disaster recovery planning, strategies to secure fuel supplies, using data to design work trucks, ensuring a reliable fleet power supply and last-mile delivery.