Kevin L. Hannes was selected in June 2016 to serve as the Team Leader for the National Incident Management Assistance Team (N-IMAT) – West, for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition to being a Team Leader, he is also a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), and serves as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) when appointed.
As the Team Leader, Hannes is responsible for building, training and equipping an expert team of emergency responders, maintaining close working relationships with regional, state, tribal, territorial and local emergency management officials, federal partners, and the private sector; and planning, training, and exercising in preparation for disaster response.
When his national team is activated, Hannes is responsible for managing the initial forward federal presence to lead a prompt, effective, coordinated and integrated federal and inter-jurisdictional response in direct support of state, tribal, and local emergency management officials to stabilize the impacted area and set the foundation for a successful recovery. To date, Hannes has led response and initial recovery operations as the N-IMAT West Team Leader for 2017’s Georgia Tornadoes and Hurricane Harvey – a Category 4 Major Hurricane that devastated coastal, rural and urban areas in Texas. Harvey caused billions in damages and losses and resulted in the opening of a Texas Recovery Office designed to manage expected long-term recovery. In 2016, his team support Hurricane Matthew response and recovery for FEMA Region IV and the state of Florida.
Prior to becoming an SES and Team Leader, Hannes served in the FCO Cadre, which he joined in 2009. He was based in FEMA Region VI located in Denton, Texas. As a Region VI FCO, he served as the representative of the President of the United States, DHS and FEMA during major disasters and emergency declarations. His responsibilities include the executive coordination of federal, tribal, state and local assets and resources required to support the state governors and emergency managers. Hannes served as the Federal Coordinating Officer for the 2015/16 Texas Flooding and Severe Storms, The West, Texas Explosion in 2013, and the 2011 Texas Wildfires. In addition to his role as an FCO, Hannes was appointed to serve as the Lead Federal Coordinating Official for several high profile national events to include 2010’s Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill for both Texas and Louisiana, the 2014 Unaccompanied Children (UAC) Influx along the country’s southwest border, and the 2014 Ebola Response in Texas. As a direct result of his efforts during the UAC mission, Hannes was nominated and selected as a finalist for the Partnership for Public Service Annual Samuel J. Heyman service to America Award.
Prior to his employment with FEMA, Hannes completed a distinguished 23-year naval career, serving in multiple command and staff positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, a master’s degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and attended Executive Education via the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) program from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Massachusetts.