Federal Coordinating Officers
Role of the Federal Coordinating Officer in Disaster Operations
Federal Coordinating Officers (FCOs) are appointed to manage the Federal resources during a disaster. They have a prominent role in helping FEMA accomplish its core missions of saving lives, preventing suffering, protecting property, and conducting recovery operations Their primary mission is to coordinate the timely delivery of Federal assistance to State and local governments, individual victims and the private sector.
In Region II, the FCOs are: Justo Hernández, William L. Vogel, Stephen DeBlasio, Sr. and Phil Parr.
Defense Coordinating Officer
Role of Defense Coordinating Officer in Disaster Operations
The Defense Coordinating Officer serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's single point of contact for the Department of Defense's support in the Regions.
The DCO has a Defense Coordinating Element (DCE) consisting of a staff and military liaison officers to facilitate coordination and support to activated Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). Specific responsibilities include:
- Build synergy & habitual relationships with:
- FEMA staff,
- State emergency responders
- State Adjutant General and Joint Force Headquarters-State staff;
- Key player in all local, state, federal, and DoD Homeland Defense and Civil Support exercises;
- Oversight with all military installations regarding Base Support Installation (BSI) operations; and
- National Special Security Event (NSSE) planning and support.
Leadership: Colonel Michael T. Miklos