Joel Palmer

I became interested in working for FEMA following Hurricane Katrina, and now I work on risk management programs the National Preparedness Division in Region IX. I work with State, Territory, local, and tribal governments, as well as private-sector and non-governmental partners to conduct threat and hazard identification and risk assessment (THIRA) and support the state preparedness report capability assessments that inform the National Preparedness Report, as well as jurisdcitional emergency plans, policies, and procedures.

Additionally, I keep my hand in the public health side (MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Pandemic Coordinator for Baltimore City Health Department) by working closely with colleagues from HHS and other agencies to develop response plans for H1N1, anthrax, and other similar threats.