WASHINGTON – Tony Robinson was officially sworn in Thursday as the regional head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the area that includes Louisiana.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has previously named Robinson in January as the new FEMA Region 6 administrator over Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Robinson, who first joined FEMA in 1987, previously served as the FEMA Region 6 deputy administrator and as the region’s recovery division director, where he was responsible for the administration of recovery programs in the five regional states.

“Tony has provided leadership and oversight during more than 50 federally-declared disasters, including hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav and also the Loma Prieta Earthquake,” Fugate said in the swearing-in announcement.

“As administrator for Region 6, I have no doubt Tony will build on his exceptional record in service of disaster survivors and the residents of this region in the years to come.”

Robinson’s duties as regional administrator include working closely with state and local emergency managers to leverage regional and national resources to assist partners as they prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate disasters.

“It’s such an honor to be able to work at FEMA and collaborate with our whole community partners in our five states,” Robinson said.

“We all share the same mission, to ensure disaster survivors have what they need to rebuild or repair their homes, lives and communities.”

Robinson fills the position vacated by previous FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell in May, when Russell was named superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.