By Monte Martin
Federal Coordinating Officer Terry Quarles and the FEMA external affairs staff in Clinton, Mississippi thank Kenneth Wilkins for being part of their team. Photo by David Fine/FEMA
In a crisis, close collaboration between FEMA and the private sector is critical to protecting citizens and rebuilding communities. As a member of the National Business Emergency Operations Center, Kenneth Wilkins, manager for Construction Projects for Dominion Virginia Power is currently serving a 90-day rotation with FEMA to better facilitate the power company’s relationship with the agency before, during and after a disaster.
During the first week of October, Wilkins worked in the Mississippi Joint Field Offic as part of the disaster recover team for Hurricane Isaac. He began the rotation at FEMA headquarters before attending a wek of training at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md.
Wilkins said he is honored to be able to work alongside first responders and looks forward to being able to both strengthen the
partnership and further the exchange of ideas and information between FEMA and the utility industry.
Participation in the NBEOC is voluntary and open to all members of the private sector including large and small businesses, associations, universities, think tanks, and non-profits. Organizations interested in joining or sharing ideas can contact FEMA-Private-Sector@dhs.gov.