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Sean Griffin, May 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Save lives and build resiliency by ensuring mental health is top of mind.  

After a year of 
record-breaking disasters and a sustained global pandemic, we must be open and honest about mental health challenges facing our colleagues, family, and friends during Mental Health Awareness MonthAt Disaster Tech, we’re taking measures to ensure employees have the resources they need to take care of themselves and their families. This includes designating a company-wide mental health dayas well as offering group workshops with wellness experts.  

Disaster Tech, Mar 25, 2021 9:06:42 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2021 – Disaster Tech, the leader in decision science technologies for emergency management, today announced that Rich Serino, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Senior Advisor, MIT Urban Risk Lab and former Deputy Administrator of FEMA, has joined the company's Board of Directors. Serino brings to Disaster Tech's Board more than 40 years of experience in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, mass casualty incidents, and leadership and innovation in government. Serino joins Disaster Tech's Board as billion-dollar weather and climate disasters accelerate globally, accelerating the demand for innovation in emergency management. 

Disaster Tech, Feb 23, 2021 9:27:56 AM

dePalo brings 35 years of all-hazard emergency management and disaster response expertise to the Disaster Tech community.  

Washington, D.C. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Today, Disaster Tech announced the appointment of Lee dePalo, retired Air Force colonel and former FEMA Region VIII Administrator, as a senior advisor to the company. 

Since 2017, Mr. dePalo oversaw and coordinated FEMA’s all-hazards preparedness and emergency management efforts within the region’s 29 tribal nations, as well as the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. While serving as the Regional Administrator, dePalo was responsible for responding to COVID-19 and executing FEMA’s preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs in parallel with partners from all levels of government, volunteer and faith-based groups, as well as with the private sector. 

Lee’s decades of exemplary service to our nation and his leadership in emergency management innovation are strategic assets to our company and its success,” said Sean Griffin, CEO and co-founder of Disaster Tech. “Lee’s focus as Region VIII administrator on mission-aligned innovation for emergency management is exactly what we are accomplishing at Disaster Techaccelerate the development and deployment mission-driven technology to save lives, build resilience, and protect the environment before, during, and after disasters.” 

Prior to this role, Mr. dePalo served a crucial role in leading FEMA’s response and disaster operations as response division director for FEMA Region VIII and federal coordinating officer. Both positions were focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of responding to a catastrophic disaster. In addition to his work with FEMA, dePalo brings 26 years of service with the U.S. Air Force, as well as experience with developing a leadership program for the U.S. Special Operations Command, which he conducted with Jacobs Technology.  

“Disaster Tech is improving an area of emergency management that will transform the way teams respond before, during and after a disaster: situational awareness,” said Lee dePalo, Senior Advisor at Disaster Tech and former FEMA Regional Administrator. “I look forward to working alongside an energized team of people who are motivated to bring innovation to this space.” 

Mr. dePalo received his bachelor of science in management from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also holds a master of strategic studies degree from the Air War College, as well as a master of arts degree in management from Webster University.  

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