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Region 5

FEMA Region 5 office, located in Chicago, Illinois oversees federal emergency management for 34 Tribal Nations and the following states:

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 and Contacts

Leadership Region 5 - James K. Joseph

James K. Joseph

Regional Administrator

Appointed in November 2013. Prior to accepting his FEMA appointment, he was a member of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s cabinet to which the governor appointed him to serve both as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and as Deputy State Homeland Security Advisor.

James K. Joseph Full Bio

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Kevin M. Sligh

Deputy Regional Administrator

Responsible for the oversight for the operational aspects of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities in support of the Region’s six Great Lakes states. He previously served as Deputy Director, Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy at U.S. Coast Guard HQ.

Kevin M. Sligh Full Bio

Last updated September 1, 2020