Expertise

BCFS Health and Human Services' Emergency Management Division (BCFS EMD) brings unmatched depth and experience to emergency planning and preparedness. In assisting government agencies and private organizations prepare for critical incidents, BCFS EMD draws upon the depth of our executive leadership and more than 200 personnel.

BCFS EMD personnel include professionals from the fields of emergency management; firefighting; law enforcement; public health; medical and mental health; disability policy and rights; legal professionals; research and policy professionals and more.

In assisting states, counties, and local jurisdictions to equip themselves for various critical incidents with a particular emphasis on preparing for persons with disabilities, the agency draws upon the depth of its personnel which include:

  • The authors of:

    • National Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters

    • All-hazards response plans for multiple states and local jurisdictions, as well as private institutions, healthcare facilities and school districts nationwide

    • Statewide evacuation and mass care plans

    • Alternate Care Site plans for states and local jurisdictions

    • Numerous Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for emergency management departments for both Emergency Service Functions (ESF) #6 and #8

    • BCFS Medical Shelter Manual and Guidance (copyrighted)

  • The former Chairperson of the National Council on Disability (formerly the National Council on the Handicapped), who was instrumental in drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act;

  • A former Special Assistant to the HHS Secretary for National Security and Emergency Management;

  • The founding Director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);

  • A member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules for Disability;

  • The past Chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities;

  • A Subject Matter Expert with the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC);

  • The Manager of the National Disaster Medical System Federal Coordinating Center for New Mexico;

  • The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS);

  • The Executive Director for the Texas A&M National Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness and Response and Director of the Texas A&M Biosecurity and Environmental Health Laboratory;

  • The President Emeritus, Texas Association for the Deaf;

  • A Coordinator for the Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services;

  • The Medical Branch Director for the Texas Department of State Health Services during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike;

  • Board Members and former Board Members of the American Society of Deaf Children and the American Foundation for the Elderly Deaf;

  • The Medical Director for all general population shelters for persons evacuated to San Antonio during hurricanes Katrina and Rita (25,000 individuals);

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Association of Retarded Citizens; The Project Manager for Nevada’s Statewide Mass Fatality Management Plan;

  • The current Program Manager, Alternate Care Site Capacity Building for the State of Texas