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The Deputy Regional Administrator, Region IV, under the direction of, serves as the principal advisor to, acts on behalf of, and assumes full authority in the absence of the Regional Administrator.  Region IV encompasses the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Region IV also provides assistance to over 6 federally-recognized Tribal Nations.  The Deputy Regional Administrator provides broad management and executive level direction for regional activities in concert with the Regional Administrator.  The incumbent shares fully with the Regional Administrator in the day-to-day operations of the region.  Adheres to policy and program guidance provided by the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and FEMA Program Senior Leadership and receives broad policy guidance from the Regional Administrator.  Performance is evaluated on the basis of results achieved.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


The Deputy Regional Administrator assists the Regional Administrator in providing executive leadership of the Regional Office and ensures all programs and activities of the Office receive effective coordination and decision.  He/She oversee the implementation and administration of FEMA policies and programs in support of Agency and Administration goals and objectives, and strive to ensure customer satisfaction.  He/She conducts strategic planning, coordination, analysis and evaluation of the Regional programs.  In close coordination with the Regional Administrator, the incumbent oversees the proper execution of all FEMA programs within the Region based on headquarters guidance and serves as the alternate to the Regional Administrator as the Regional point of contact to appropriate members of Congress, State Governors, Federal, State and local officials and tribal governments on matters concerning FEMA’s regional policy, programs and operations.

Specific programs administered by the Deputy Regional Administrator in close coordination with the Regional Administrator include:

a. Regional comprehensive emergency preparedness programs in an all-hazards approach to emergency management.

b. Disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities and disaster assistance in accordance with the provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (the Stafford Act), when an emergency or a major disaster is declared by the President, including damage assessment, mitigation assistance, and overall coordination of Federal, State. Local, tribal, private and volunteer response efforts.

c. Regional Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Programs, in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended; Hazard Mitigation teams under the Interagency Agreement; Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands under EO 11988 and 11990, respectively; and Hazard Mitigation under Section 404 of the Stafford Act.

d. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that encourages State and local participation in the NFIP, in accordance with the national Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended.

e. The Hazardous Materials program that supports State and local governments in the development and exercise of emergency response plans involving hazardous materials.

f.  Regional Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) programs that provide assistance to States in the development and exercise of emergency response plans for radiological incidents at commercial nuclear power plants, and for transportation accidents involving radioactive materials.

g. Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness (CSEPP) that assists the State and local governments to improve emergency planning and preparedness in communities near military chemical stockpile storage sites.

In close coordination with the Regional Administrator ensures readiness of the Regional emergency response capabilities.  This includes ensuring there is trained staff for the Regional Response Coordination Center; the regional watch and the Regional IMAT(s).  Coordinates regional disaster response and recovery operation with the local Mobile Emergency Response System Detachment (MERS).

Supervises Regional public affairs activities in consonance with the Regional Administrators intent and Headquarters policies. 

Supervises and manages the Regional staff engaged in the delivery of Agency programs and services.