Richard Serino, the longtime chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services, was officially sworn in yesterday as deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency's number two post.
Serino, 55, was nominated to the position in July by President Obama and will serve during a critical time for the country's homeland security operations. In his new role, he will help design emergency response plans for major cities across the country and manage responses to disasters, ranging from hurricanes to terrorist attacks.
From the Miami Herald, about the first doses of the H1N1 vaccine in Florida:
Eight-year-old Bryan Lechuga was unimpressed when the nurse pushed the syringe up his nose to deliver one of South Florida's first doses of vaccine against H1N1 swine flu on Monday.
Did the dose, delivered as a mist,
Did it tickle?`
Does he know what swine flu is?'
His mom knew, however, as did the moms of more than 50 students who showed up at Broadmoor Elementary in Miami-Dade County and at six public schools in Broward on Monday for the first day of vaccinations of the newly arrived H1N1 vaccine.
School-age children will get most of the first shipment of vaccines in South Florida, and remaining doses will go to private physicians and federal and county health clinics for those who are most at risk: pregnant women; caretakers of infants under 5 months of age; young people 2 to 24; people 25 to 64 who have chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes; and healthcare workers, emergency personnel and other first responders.
11 AM EDT
Secretary Napolitano will deliver a special Web-only address about cybersecurity via live streaming video at www.dhs.gov
2 PM EDT
FEMA National Preparedness Directorate Deputy Administrator Timothy Manning will testify about caring for the elderly, children and individuals with special needs before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
2167 Rayburn House Office Building