Statement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff Regarding White House's Katrina Lessons Learned Report
For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 February 23, 2006
I commend Fran Townsend for leading a thorough and comprehensive after action review of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The Department of Homeland Security participated actively in this effort. We have already begun to take action to address many of the issues raised in the report, particularly those areas we need to improve before the start of the 2006 hurricane season. This report is consistent with the Second Stage Review plan we announced in July as well as the FEMA improvements we recently announced. It will help our shared efforts to build a more integrated DHS and a more seamless federal disaster management system. I look forward to working with Fran and the Homeland Security Council to assess and address these important recommendations.