Welcome from Lon Biasco, Region X Response Division Director
The Region X Response Division coordinates and provides the core Federal disaster response capability needed to save lives, reduce suffering, and protect property in communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington that have been overwhelmed by the impact of a major disaster or emergency, regardless of cause. Region X staff also assist the rest of the Nation by providing support to other FEMA Regions.
The Operations Branch ensures the effective Regional coordination, integration, and implementation of disaster operations programs and activities, including the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC), Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), Gap Analysis Program, operations training and exercises, performance measurement, and after action reviews. During actual events or incidents, Operations Branch is responsible for coordinating and tasking other federal agencies under the Mission Assignment program.
Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (R-IMAT)
The Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (R-IMAT) R-IMATs are comprised of both full-time and rostered individuals who are trained as a team to deploy under the direction of the Regional Administrator (RA). The R-IMATs, with the support of the RAs, will focus on skills that will enable them to form a Unified Coordination Group and joint organizational structure with state and federal counterparts and develop and implement a doctrinally sound Joint IAP. During non-disaster periods of time, the IMAT will be the Response Division representatives to the Region X states, coordinating prepared and operational planning activities and exercises to improve our readiness posture.
The Planning Branch supports the full spectrum of disaster response operational and deliberate planning, ensuring continuity between long range planning, current operations planning, and field element incident action planning.
The Logistics Branch provides logistics support in the areas of logistics operations, planning & exercises; supply chain and property management for Regional emergency management partners. Coordinates with state and local partners to assist with the identification of gaps and development of plans to be better prepared. Conducts pre-disaster site surveys to identify potential Incident Support Bases (ISB) or Staging Areas that could be used to support distribution of primary commodities to survivors
Emergency Communications Branch
The Emergency Communications Branch provides tactical disaster emergency communications capabilities to support all-hazards disaster response and recovery and national security emergency requirements within the Region. Implements statutory required Regional Emergency Communications Committee Working Group (RECCWG), who’s group members advises regional Federal, State, Tribal, local government on matters pertaining to emergency and interoperable communications.
Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC)
The Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) develops and maintains all-hazard situational awareness throughout the Region by development of a common operating picture (COP). RRCC supports response operations through fusion and coordination of information; such as, response requirements, GIS modeling, asset deployment, report development, with all Federal and state partners.