Based in the Oakland, CA, FEMA Region IX Office, Joel Palmer manages a diverse team providing Region-level support to State, Territory, Tribal, Urban Area, and Federal personnel working on programs including continuity of operations, individual and community preparedness, preparedness analysis, and government-to-government tribal coordination. Through these and other efforts, Joel supports whole community efforts to implement the National Preparedness System by understanding threats and hazards faced by the community, the resources and capabilities required to address those risks, and how to develop, implement, and validate plans to deliver those capabilities when needed.
Joel is a qualified Situational Awareness Section Chief for the Regional Response Coordinating Center (RRCC), and has served in multiple disasters including as the Situation Unit Lead for the RRCC during the 2009 American Samoa earthquake and tsunami; as a Planning Specialist in Branch I (Woodbury, Long Island) during Hurricane Sandy; as a Planning Specialist in Branch 3 (Colorado Springs) during the 2013 Colorado floods; and as the Situational Awareness Section Chief for the RRCC during the active 2014 Pacific Hurricane season.
Before joining FEMA, Joel received his Masters’ of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, completing both a Concentration in Public Health Preparedness and a Certificate in Health Policy. He went on to serve as the Pandemic Coordinator for the Baltimore City Health Department in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
Currently, Joel is focused on using strategic planning to apply the data collected from the numerous jurisdictional, regional, and national assessments completed every year. He is also deeply interested in the differences between the buzz-word defined concepts of “preparedness” and “resilience” and developing tools to support his local community members in developing both.