Doug Gore has served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII Denver office since 1995. In this role, he coordinates day-to-day operations and assistance within the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Mr. Gore has served his entire federal career in emergency management. After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography with an emphasis in geographic planning at Brigham Young University, Mr. Gore worked for a year in support of local governments as a community planner for the Southeastern Utah Association of Governments. In 1977, he began his federal career as a flood insurance specialist with the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA) in Denver. In 1979, the FIA became a part of the newly formed FEMA, and Mr. Gore continued to work with the National Flood Insurance Program. During the late 1970s and the 1980s, he was part of the initial effort to implement flood insurance mapping and to assist local jurisdictions in developing local floodplain management programs.
In 1991, he was named director of the National Technological Hazards Division and later became director of the Mitigation Division at Region VIII. During the 1990s, mitigation programs grew in significance and began to address post-disaster and multi-hazard issues.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gore has provided leadership to FEMA disaster operations. In this role, he has served as the President’s Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and as the Deputy FCO for Mitigation.
In 2008, Mr. Gore also received the agency’s highest award, the Administrator’s Gold Award, given to FEMA employees who have demonstrated truly exceptional leadership or service that is distinguished by achievements of unique significance, reflecting great credit on FEMA, and embodying the New FEMA vision.
Mr. Gore has often served as the Acting Regional Administrator on occasions when the Regional Administrator position was vacant.