What a coincidence!
WashingtonPost, By Ed O’Keefe Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011; The White House is deploying disaster-response and urban-search-and-rescue teams to New Zealand following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country Tuesday.
They will be greeted there by Timothy W. Manning, a deputy administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency who is in the country assisting with response efforts and is particularly qualified to do so.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time: Manning is a trained geologist, paramedic and firefighter – the perfect combination for earthquake response. He is in New Zealand as part of a U.S. delegation visiting for trade and global security talks and for a review of the country’s cleanup efforts after a 7.0-magnitude quake in September.