Mike Senycz, FEMA Region III Recovery Division Director
As Recovery Division Director, Michael leads the largest Division in Region 3 with more than 100 regional employees. The Recovery Division is responsible for several program areas which includes Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Declaration Processing, and the National Disaster Recovery Framework. These programs are intended to assist individuals and communities affected by presidentially declared disasters to rebuild, recover, and protect against future hazards.
Michael has been deployed to over 20 federally declared disasters around the country where he has served in leadership roles as the Federal Coordinating Officer, Director of the West Virginia Recovery Office, and Individual Assistance Branch Director. He previously served as the Region 3 Individual Assistance Branch Chief from 2012-2014 and as the Region 3 Recovery Division Deputy Director from 2014 – 2018.
Prior to joining FEMA Region 3, Michael managed the closure of the Direct Housing Operation from Hurricane Isabel in Maryland in addition to managing the Recovery Support Center at FEMA Headquarters in response to Hurricane Katrina. He worked on the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) legislation for Individual Assistance and helped institute formaldehyde testing procedures for FEMA temporary housing units. In response to the 2007 California Wildfires, he deployed as part of a “Tiger Team” and led the first Joint Housing Task Force used for disaster operations.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bloomsburg University and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
Photo by Amanda Hancher - Dec 31, 2019