"On a scale of one to 10, they are a 12," he said. "I think they are doing an excellent job."
The agency took considerable heat after a slow and uncoordinated response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
FEMA had representatives on the ground as early as Monday and by Thursday deputy secretaries from Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration had also arrived to assess needs, Long said.
Long said he was also thrilled that President Obama came, as it was important for the president to see the damage himself.
Long said he is doing his best to help constituents who have met with him or contacted his office for help or intervention.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Billy Long: FEMA response a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10
praised the response of FEMA officials to the Joplin tornado: