THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES HARVEY G. RYLAND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Harvey G. Ryland to be Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Ryland, 55, has been Senior Policy Advisor to FEMA Director James Lee Witt since April 1993, assisting the Agency's Director. Ryland served as a key on-scene advisor to Director Witt during the federal response to the Northridge earthquake earlier this year.
A native of Florida with a master's degree in engineering from Florida State University, Ryland is a long-time professional in the emergency management field. Immediately before joining FEMA, he was Executive Director of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), based in Memphis.
He began his career researching crew safety for the Saturn-Apollo moon flight program, before specializing in the analysis and design of emergency management and public safety systems. His projects have included public safety research, analysis, planning and training, as well as development of advanced systems for emergency management organizations in both the public and private sectors.
FEMA is the central point of contact within the federal government responsible for a wide range of emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities for any kind of natural or man-made hazard.