FEMA Selects MDEM Deputy ExDir for Inaugural Exchange Program

Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) Deputy Executive Director Chas Eby will be one of the first participants in the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Exchange Program. Eby will work with FEMA leadership in Washington, DC, through the end of the year to implement programs to deliver disaster recovery assistance to survivors and communities.

Chas Eby at the 2021 MACo Winter Conference

“I am honored to represent my home state in this new initiative to strengthen the field of emergency management,“ said Eby. “This is an opportunity to join best practices developed in Maryland with innovative programs FEMA is advancing.”

Eby is one of four individuals selected nationwide for the first cohort of this program. According to FEMA, the exchange program will provide an avenue to strengthen FEMA’s partnerships with state, territory, tribal, and local emergency managers to increase community resilience against disasters.

According to MDEM:

This is a great opportunity for Chas and Maryland,” said Secretary of Emergency Management Russ Strickland. “He will bring excellent knowledge of state emergency management operations along with his exceptional collaboration skills to the program. Our department is proud of his selection and proud to be a national leader in our field .”

Eby has worked at the Department of Emergency Management for eight years, overseeing all programs, administration, and emergency operations in his current role. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Eby has completed the FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy and a fellowship with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. He is from and resides in the City of Baltimore.

While a disaster always begins and ends at the local level, a strong partnership among federal, state, and local governments is vital to emergency preparedness and community resilience. At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel will share best practices for aligning key roles and responsibilities when disasters strike and highlight new ideas and policies to help counties streamline community resources in times of crisis.

The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will take place at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, from August 17-22. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.”

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

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