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Region III: About Us

FEMA Mission

FEMA's mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

FEMA Region III Overview

FEMA Region III's mission is to oversee and coordinate FEMA’s all-hazards preparedness and emergency management efforts in our jurisdiction. This includes:
  • Manage disaster response and recovery operations
  • Reduce risk from disasters through mitigation efforts
  • Ensure regional readiness for disasters through planning and exercises with federal, state and local partners.

To learn more about FEMA Region III, please review the below documents, which includes an overview of our programs, divisions, mission, and more. They can also be found in the Document and Resource Library.

This table includes the title of FEMA Region III's welcome and overview materials, and their date of most recent publication. This includes the FEMA Region III 101 presentation (February 2018) and FEMA Region III Welcome Packet (December 2017).

TitleDate Published
FEMA Region III 101 PresentationSeptember 2019
FEMA Region III Welcome PacketNovember 2018

Senior Leadership

Regional Administrator: MaryAnn Tierney
Deputy Regional Administrator: Janice Barlow
External Affairs Director: Dan Stoneking
Grants Division Director: Regeane Frederique
Mission Support Division Director: Lisa Garcia
Recovery Division Director: Mike Senycz
Response Division Director: Kelly Wolslayer
Mitigation Division Director: April Cummings
National Preparedness Division Director: Lilian Hutchinson

Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA)

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) coordinates the regional offices' activities and supports the Regional Administrator's priorities. The Finance Team is a part of ORA, which focuses on the regional budget, which includes project budgeting and execution, travel, disaster funding accounts, and regional finances. In addition, legal counsel, who advises the Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, and the Region on legal matters and precedent, as well as the Chief of Staff, are a part of the ORA.

Federal Coordinating Officers

Appointed by the President upon the declaration of a major disaster or emergency, Federal Coordinating Officers (FCOs) manage federal resource support activities in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

There are four FCOs assigned to Region III: Kim Kadesch (Office of the National Capital Region Coordination), Donald Keldsen, Tim Manner, and Steven Ward.


FEMA Region III is organized into divisions, including multiple branches and other offices and programs which work together to support regional priorities and our states and key partners. To learn more about each division, click below:

 the Program Branch and the Business Branch. Under the Mitigation Division is the Risk Analysis Branch, the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch, and Environmental and Historic Preservation. Lastly, under the Mission Support Division reside the Information Technology Branch and Administrative Services Branch.
The FEMA Region III organizational chart, including divisions and programs.

Response Division

The Region III Response Division coordinates and provides federal disaster response capabilities to state, tribal, and local governments to support life-saving and life sustaining capabilities during a federally declared disaster.

Recovery Division

The Region III Recovery Division is responsible for managing programs that provide federal assistance to individuals and families and assist communities in recovering as a result of a federal disaster declaration.

Mitigation Division

FEMA Region III's Mitigation Division strives to create safer communities by reducing the risks to loss of life and property. Mitigation programs enable individuals to recover more quickly from floods and other disasters and lessen the financial impact of disasters on the nation.

National Preparedness Division

The mission of FEMA Region III's National Preparedness (NP) Division is to provide leadership in the coordination and facilitation of all federal efforts to assist state and local emergency management and emergency response organizations to build and sustain capability to respond to any emergency or disaster, including a terrorist incident as well as other natural or man-made hazards.

Grants Division

The Region III Grants Division is responsible for the financial management of all disaster and regional non-disaster grants and the programmatic management of regionalized preparedness grants.

Mission Support Division

The Mission Support Division provides overall administrative and information technology support for the day-to-day operations of the regional office and disaster operations.

External Affairs

Region III External Affairs coordinates and manages internal communications for the Region III office and external communications to the public, press, local and state stakeholders and officials, the private sector, and Members of Congress and their staff.

  • Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC): The RBEOC creates a platform for FEMA to engage directly with the private sector during disaster response and recovery. Formally adopted in 2015, the RBEOC empowers coordination, communication, and engagement between the public and private sectors throughout the disaster life cycle. Please visit the hyperlink above for more information, including requesting membership in the RBEOC. 

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Last Updated: 
09/23/2019 - 11:45