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US civil defence expert caught in quake

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A TOP US civil defence boss was in Christchurch when the latest earthquake struck.

The official, Tim Manning (right), survived unhurt, his agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency – the US equivalent of our Civil Defence – said today.

Mr Manning, the agency’s deputy administrator for protection and national preparedness, is safe and now in close contact with the US Embassy, said a FEMA email sent to media.

He was in Christchurch at the time of the quake, as part of a trip to New Zealand and Australia to discuss a broad range of emergency management issues, “as part of ongoing international co-operation efforts”.

FEMA said it is supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the US Government’s response to the Christchurch earthquake.

“The thoughts and prayers of every member of the FEMA team go out to the victims and survivors of the terrible earthquake,” said the email.

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