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Region III: External Affairs


Region III External Affairs coordinates and manages internal communications for the Region III office and external communications to the public, Congressional members, offices, and staff, the press, local, state, and tribal officials, the private sector, other federal agencies, and other stakeholders. External Affairs supports Region III divisions in the communication of policies and programs to ensure that activities are responsive to stakeholders’ needs and FEMA’s mission is communicated effectively. Major activities of External Affairs include supporting disaster response and recovery, coordination of private sector engagement, promoting National Preparedness Month and Prepareathon, and organizing the Regional Advisory Council.

Dan Stoneking, External Affairs Director

Headshot of Dan Stoneking, FEMA Region III External Affairs Director, in Philadelphia
Headshot of Dan Stoneking, FEMA Region III External Affairs Director, in Philadelphia Download Original

As External Affairs Director of FEMA Region III, Dan leads a small but passionate team to improve information sharing and coordination between FEMA and the American public, to include media, private sector, as well as local, state and government officials during disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. As Director, Dan also fosters internal collaboration and communication among FEMA programs that have an opportunity in public engagement.   This position follows and builds upon a career in both the corporate and government arenas focused on public affairs, most recently in roles at FEMA Headquarters as Director, Private Sector and Deputy and Acting Director of Public Affairs.

As a soldier, Dan responded to the attacks of 9/11 from within the Pentagon and deployed to New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  At FEMA, he has deployed to the Gulf Coast, American Samoa, Haiti and Puerto Rico in response to devastating disasters.

Dan has extensive experience in risk/crisis communications, media relations, media training, strategic messaging, branding, public-private partnerships and reputation management.

Dan is the proud daddy to Ivy Grace and Chloe Lane and they live with their cat, Misty Cupcake in West Chester, PA.


The following represent the major components of Region III External Affairs:

Congressional Affairs

The role of Congressional Affairs is to expeditiously provide information to Congressional members, offices, and staff in Region III. This can include collaboration on constituent casework; sharing updates on grants and FEMA funding; providing disaster declaration notifications and updates; and working with staff on any topics of interest to the office or member. Any Congressional office related correspondence may be sent via email to

Public Affairs

The role of public affairs is to communicate and directly coordinate with traditional and social media players to answer questions, provide information and notifications, and message FEMA’s priorities. In doing so, FEMA Region III Public Affairs manages FEMA Region III’s Twitter handle (@FEMAregion3) and is responsible for coordinating directly with members of the media and press corps. Public Affairs engages directly with other federal agencies (OFAs) and state public information officers, and also coordinates any speaker's requests through the Speaker's Bureau.

Any questions should be directed to the Region III News Desk at (215) 931-5597 or For other regional or Headquarters’ news desk contact information, please visit

Private Sector

The role of FEMA Region III’s Private Sector Liaison is to engage directly with the private sector and build collaboration between public and private sector organizations. One significant aspect of this engagement is the 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.

A panoramic shot of a Command and General Staff meeting during the Region III May Exercise. Representatives of the private sector participated and were able to see how FEMA's response operations are conducted from the regional office.
As part of it's regional exercise, FEMA Region III invited members of the private sector to participate in the exercise, including participation in the Command and General staff meeting. This panoramic shot shows public and private sector participants listening in for updates and providing input to the exercise. Download Original

Intergovernmental / Tribal Affairs

Intergovernmental (IGA) and Tribal Affairs works with local and tribal officials to communicate FEMA’s programs, share preparedness information, and build relationships. Region III is home to many thousands of communities spread across 3 states, 2 Commonwealths, and the District of Columbia. The goal of IGA / Tribal Affairs is to outreach to these communities.

Individual and Community Preparedness

Individual and Community Preparedness (ICPD) takes the Ready Campaign and Prepareathon and promotes these at a regional level. Whether it is sporting events, community outreach, or even state preparedness agencies and representatives (such as Citizen Corps), Region III’s ICPD works with every External Affairs component, regional division, state, and Headquarters to improve our outreach and promote preparedness for future incidents.

Regional Advisory Council

Region III External Affairs coordinates the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in direct engagement with the Office of the Regional Administrator. For additional information on the RAC and membership, please contact us.



FEMA Region III Podcasts
Financial Preparedness





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Flooding Can Happen Any Time of Year, Are You Prepared?
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Make Your Business Resilient
Info-graphic gives tips to make your business resilient.
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Protect Against A Flood
Info-graphic gives tips on how to protect personal property during floods.
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Region III Toolkits

 TitleSizePublication Date
TitleTitlePublication Date
Sustainability ToolkitDecember 15, 2017
Flood Insurance Toolkit March 1, 2020
Flood Safety Toolkit March 1, 2020March 1, 2020
NFIP Door Hanger CustomizableMarch 1, 2020
NFIP Door Hanger Print-ReadyMarch 1, 2020

Additional Information

For additional information on the role of External Affairs in disaster response and recovery, please see the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 Standard Operating Procedure.

ESF 15 Document table

 TitleSizePublication Date
Icon for file of type application/pdfEmergency Support Function 15: Standard Operating Procedure2.09MJuly 27, 2016


As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas!

Last Updated: 
03/06/2020 - 09:04