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Disaster Assistance Workshop
February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This workshop is designed to prepare representatives of local governments (including counties, cities, towns, and public service districts) to recover from disasters through knowledge of federal and state programs and services. Topics of discussion will include the disaster declaration process, assistance to public entities through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program, assistance for disaster survivors (including FEMA’s Individual Assistance programs), and hazard mitigation.
Chief of Recovery and Mitigation, SCEMD
Emily has served as chief of recovery and mitigation with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) since January 2019. At SCEMD, she leads a team of 35 staff who manage more than a $1 billion in federal recovery and mitigation grants and who support local governments and state partners in other aspects of disaster recovery and hazard mitigation. She previously led two bachelor’s degree programs in emergency management and was an emergency management consultant. From 2002-2006, she served as executive director of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), the national standards and accreditation program for state and local government emergency management. Before her work in emergency management, she practiced law and was a journalist. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her law degree from Jones School of Law at Faulkner University.
Public Assistance Program Manager, SCEMD
Jessica Jones is the Public Assistance Program Manager (Recovery and Mitigation) at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD). She has over five years of experience working with FEMA’s Public Assistance grant and leads a team that manages over $1.7 billion in disaster recovery funding for state and local governments.