THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MICHAEL J. ARMSTRONG AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR MITIGATION AT FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate
Michael J. Armstrong as Associate Director of Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Michael J. Armstrong, of Arvada, Colorado, currently serves as Region VIII Director of FEMA, a position he has held since January 1994. Mr. Armstrong played a critical role by bringing together Federal, State and local officials to address the present flooding along North Dakota's Red River and last year's flooding at Devil's Lake, also in North Dakota. Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Armstrong served as Deputy Director of the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Conservation. From 1981 to 1991, Mr. Armstrong served as an Assistant City Attorney for the city of Aurora, Colorado. Mr. Armstrong earned his B.A. in English and B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.
The Mitigation Directorate, one of FEMA's five directorates, was created by Director James Lee Witt in the reorganization of Fall 1993. The purpose of the Mitigation Directorate is to lead the Agency's efforts to promote hazard mitigation around the country in order to reduce the costs of disasters. The Directorate is involved in working with building code groups on building standards, mapping flood plains, and promoting actions that individuals and communities can develop and implement to protect against natural and man-made hazards.