Region III: Response Division

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This page contains information on the FEMA Region III Response Division, its leadership, and the responsibilities of the Division.

Steve Ward, Acting Division Director

Mary McKenna, Deputy Division Director


The mission of the Response Division is to coordinate and provide the core federal disaster response capability needed to save lives, reduce suffering, and protect property in communities throughout the Region that have been overwhelmed by the impact of a major disaster or emergency, regardless of cause.

Disaster Emergency Communications

Vacant, Disaster Emergency Communications Coordinator

The Disaster Emergency Communications Coordinator serves as the Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) Chair. The coordinator provides Regional tactical disaster emergency communications capabilities to support all-hazards disaster response and recovery and national security emergency requirements.


Robert Hoban, Acting Branch Chief

The Logistics Branch plans, manages, and sustains regional logistics response and recovery operations in support of domestic emergencies and special events while serving as the single logistics integrator for incident support in Region III.  The Branch synchronizes logistics plans, operations, distribution and resource management in support of all field operations in conjunction with FEMA’s Logistics Management Directorate as well as federal and state partners.

Operational Planning Branch

JB Cuartas, Branch Chief

This branch supports the full spectrum of disaster response and recovery operational and deliberate planning, ensuring continuity between long-range planning, current operations planning, and field element incident action planning.

Operations Integration Branch & Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC)

Mark O'Hanlon, Branch Chief

The Operations Integration Branch ensures the effective regional coordination, integration, and implementation of disaster operations programs and activities, including the Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC),  operations training and exercises, performance measurement, and after action reviews.

The RRCC is the heart of disaster response. This central hub provides situational awareness information, identifies and coordinates disaster response requirements, supports response operations, performs capabilities analyses, and reports on the status of federal disaster response operations and special events in the Region.

Last Updated: 
04/10/2015 - 16:00
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