He learned his lessons, and now they’re for sale. Ousted FEMA director Michael Brown plans to make a fresh start in Colorado, selling his expertise on how emergency planning can go very right or very wrong, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Brown, who was vilified over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, has formed a consulting firm to help clients avoid the kind of mistakes that sunk his career at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Brown told the paper, “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?'” 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, where he lived before joining the Bush administration in 2001. “If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses…then I hope I can help the country in some way,” he said.