From the Boston Globe:
Richard Serino is coming home.
Serino, widely considered a founding father of Boston Emergency Medical Services, has been the No. 2 man at the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2009. He is leaving the agency next month.
“It’s been great,” Serino said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “But it’s time to come home.’’
For the same article, he frames what he considers part of his legacy at the agency:
He also said he is proud that FEMA has reoriented the way it views disaster relief. Instead of a top-down approach, Serino said, planning and responses are designed as if they were being viewed “through the eyes of a survivor.’’
“Survivor-centric is what we do, and how we do it’’ at FEMA now, he said.
What struck me was a quote that strengthens my conviction that despite what naysayers contend, we as a nation are not particularly less resilient than those who settled the Wild West or lived before we as a nation agreed that it is the right thing to do to take care of the most vulnerable in our society: the old, the young, and the poor.
He recalled being in Rainville, Ala., after it was destroyed by a tornado. A resident, standing in front of the crumpled wreck of his home, urged Serino to go help somebody else that was worse off, he said.
“That is something I have heard over and over again from different people around the country, almost everywhere I went … neighbors helping neighbors,’’ Serino said. “That’s what helped make Boston great and it’s what helps make our country great. That’s something I’ve seen coast to coast.’’