The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region 6 Office is preparing for a transition in leadership.
On May 6, current Regional Administrator Tony Russell will become the new Superintendent of FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Russell was appointed as FEMA Region 6 Administrator in December 2009, and has been responsible for the oversight of FEMA operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. He previously served as the Acting Director of FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO) and as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for FEMA Region 8.
"It is very difficult to leave a job that is so meaningful and rewarding," said Russell. "I am honored to have served with our federal, state, local, tribal, non-governmental and private sector emergency partners and look forward to working with them further, but now, on a national level."
Russell's accomplishments while serving as FEMA Region 6 Administrator include the streamlining and reinvigoration of recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike in Louisiana and Texas.
He also oversaw many federal disaster and emergency declarations for events such as flooding, tornados and severe winter storms in all five of the region's states.
FEMA Region 6 Deputy Administrator Tony Robinson will assume the duties of Acting Regional Administrator upon Russell's departure.