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 FEMAs 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.