ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Georgia State Senate has honored John B. Copenhaver, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) eight-state southeastern region, for his contributions to the safety of Georgia's 7 million citizens.
A resolution cited Copenhaver's "distinction, dedication, and ability," and emphasized his personal history of successful emergency management work.
Copenhaver, who holds a bachelor's degree in planetary geology from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, and his wife Lynn reside in Marietta.
The resolution further points out that Georgia received $12 million in hazard mitigation funding from FEMA last year under Copenhaver's guidance. Such funds are used for projects that mitigate, or lessen, the impact of future natural disasters on lives and property in the state.
In a Capitol ceremony, Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, who presides over the State Senate, personally paid tribute to the FEMA regional director "for the exemplary manner in which he has assisted Georgia in the recovery from recent severe storms and tornadoes..."
Copenhaver, appointed director of FEMA Region IV by President Clinton in September 1997, has served in the private sector as team advisor for the Worldwide Crisis Response Team for lBM's Business Recovery Services, as director of business continuity services for Bell South Business Systems, and as that company's marketing manager for development and deployment of the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Additionally, he has been a member of the editorial advisory board of the Disaster Recovery Journal, a member of the International Hurricane Center Advisory Board, and chairman of the Disaster Recovery Institute.
His father, William P. Copenhaver, resides in Augusta.