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Preparing for Hurricanes and Natural Disasters Amid COVID-19

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Not only are we in the midst of a catastrophic public health emergency, in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted we would also see an above-normal hurricane season this year. As states continue navigating a safe reopening amid COVID-19, public health and safety officials and local government leaders must also prepare their communities for potential natural disasters.

Join Rave Mobile Safety, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency for a critical discussion on communication and collaboration best practices in order to prepare, respond and recover quickly from a hurricane and other natural disasters.

In this webinar, we shared:

  • Guidelines outlined by FEMA on COVID-19 and disaster operations
  • Real-life examples from Rave customers on how their preparedness and recovery plans have shifted amid a pandemic
  • Tools to help you better communicate and collaborate with residents and other agencies

Meet the Speakers:

Chad Payeur

Planning Integration Branch Chief, FEMA

Over the past six years, Chad has been working within the National Preparedness Directorate at FEMA. He has served as the Lead Exercise Planner for the nation’s National Level Exercise, which included over 10,000 emergency management and homeland security participants from over 100 communities, 5 states, 2 regions, 29 private sector organizations, 10 international countries and over 50 departments/agencies – making it one of the nation’s largest emergency management exercises. 

Caroline Krency

Senior Policy Advisor, Field Operations Directorate, FEMA

Caroline joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Office of Response and Recovery in 2016. Since February 2020, she has served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Field Operations Directorate. In this role, she is responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining the directorate’s policy and doctrine pertaining to the training, management, and deployment of the FEMA incident workforce.

Ricky Montet

Director of Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

Ricky serves as Advisor to Secretary of DCFS on ESF-6 (Mass Care) Functions and other Emergency related topics and is responsible for the Emergency Preparedness Division for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Timothy Head

Operations Support Analyst, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

Tim is responsible for developing and administering emergency management business application solutions for Georgia’s state operation center. Since March 2020, he has been activated as deputy operations center manager for Georgia’s COVID-19 response.

Jody Smith

IPAWS Technical Specialist, Engineering, FEMA

Jody has served as an IPAWS Engineering Specialist and the FEMA IPAWS Laboratory Project Manager for several years. She was instrumental in the development and growth of the Laboratory, which serves all Federal, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial alerting authorities with exercise and training initiatives, along with many other functions in support of the FEMA IPAWS Program Management Office.

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