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Region 3

Regional Business Emergency Operations Center

Risk Map


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FEMA Region 3 office, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania oversees federal emergency management for 7 Tribal Nations and the following states:

Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC)

Staying connected to the right partners can make a big difference when you’re trying to keep your business operating after a disaster, or you want to prepare your employees and customers for an emergency. In 2015, FEMA Region III created the Regional Business Emergency Operations Center to formally enhance two-way communication and engagement with the private sector throughout the disaster lifecycle, including pre-disaster preparedness, disaster response, and post-disaster recovery. Membership in the RBEOC is virtual, with coordination provided by the FEMA Region III Private Sector Liaison. Participation is free, voluntary and open to all members of the private and public sectors. By becoming a member, you’ll join our network of trusted partners and will receive regular updates, event invitations, and preparedness resources from us.

What Happens During An RBEOC Activation

During activations, RBEOC members are invited to participate in daily calls to hear incident updates from Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC)
leadership, Emergency Support Function (ESF) partners, and affected state partners. We also track members’ needs, capabilities, concerns and updates and share them within the RRCC and with appropriate partners.

What Events Do We Host?

Every year FEMA Region III hosts a Private Sector Readiness Day at
our office in Philadelphia. This event is an opportunity for businesses
within our region to come together with emergency managers to talk
through a disaster scenario, each of our priorities and concerns, and
opportunities to coordinate.

We also host Ready Business Workshops in communities across our region to educate businesses on hazards common to the area and the simple steps they can take to prepare their facilities, employees and customers for
an emergency.


Joining the RBEOC is free and easy. By becoming a member, you’ll join our network of trusted private sector partners and will ensure that you receive regular updates and event invitations from us. Just fill out the Membership Agreement and return to Melissa Wiehenstroer, FEMA Region III’s Private Sector Liaison at Melissa.Wiehenstroer@fema.dhs.gov.

Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation

Potential impacts to the environment and cultural resources must be considered when a community applies for FEMA funding through Public AssistanceHazard Mitigation Assistance and Preparedness Grants.

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) is a national FEMA program that works with states, tribes, territories and local communities to evaluate and better understand their current flood risk, as well as the actions that can be taken to mitigate and become more resilient against future risk.


Leadership Region 3 - Janice Barlow

Janice Barlow
Regional Administrator (Acting)

In her previous role as Deputy Region 3 Administrator, Janice served as a liaison assisting state and local government officials, other federal agencies, FEMA headquarters and other FEMA regions. Janice has been with DHS for over 17 years, and became a deputy regional administrator in September of 2018.

Janice Barlow Full Bio

Lilian Hutchinson

Lilian Hutchinson
Deputy Regional Administrator (Acting)

Prior to serving as Acting Regional Administrator, Lilian lead federal efforts to assist state and local emergency management organizations to build and sustain their emergency response capabilities. Lilian has been with FEMA for 14 years and moved to Region 3 in 2017.

Lilian Hutchinson Full Bio

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Upcoming Events

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Regional News and Information

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA has awarded more than $37 million in federal funding to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to establish mobile vaccination units to support vulnerable population areas. These mobile units will allow the commonwealth to operate vaccination c

illustration of page of paper Press Release | March 16, 2021

PHILADELPHIA - A group of young FEMA Corps workers have arrived in West Virginia to pitch in with the state’s successful vaccination effort.

illustration of page of paper Press Release | March 11, 2021

PHILADELPHIA - If West Virginia’s successful vaccine rollout is a speeding car, then the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) is its engine – and the agencies on it are the pistons revving it up.

illustration of page of paper Press Release | March 8, 2021

PHILADELPHIA – The COVID-19 virus has taken the entire nation into unprecedented territory. For the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region 3, the event has proven the largest response and recovery effort in the region’s history.

illustration of page of paper Press Release | February 25, 2021
Last updated January 20, 2021