FEMA Disaster Management Guide

Recorded On: 05/29/2020

Virtually all communities are susceptible to some unexpected events that can put a strain on daily life. When disaster occurs resources need to be made available immediately so recovery and repair can begin. But how do you know if your jurisdiction is prepared? What is required to successfully navigate the financial needs that a disaster can bring? FEMA experts will provide an overview of the Disaster Financial Management Guide, provide a presentation on their new Just In Time Training program, and practitioners at the local level will share how their experience has affected preparedness in their communities.

Michael Thomas

Federal Policy Associate, GFOA

Michael provides general support to the Federal Liaison Center on legislative initiatives specifically on issues involving infrastructure and transportation.  Having formerly worked in the private sector as a financial consultant and stock broker, Michael brings a working knowledge on fiscal issues that spans a wide spectrum of topics.

Michael holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Tennessee and an M.P.P. from George Mason University.

Eve Helms

Program Specialist with the Procurement Disaster Assistance Team

Eve Helms is a Program Specialist with the Procurement Disaster Assistance Team where her main function is to support FEMAs various program areas with Procurement Under grants subject matter expertise whether that comes in the form of a training, contract document reviews, or more. She began with FEMA as a local hire in Individual Assistance where she worked in Information Management. She then became a reservist in the Public Assistance cadre. It was here she had her introduction to procurement under grants, working closely with the PDAT and disaster leadership to manage contract reviews and process implementation in the field. Prior to joining FEMA, she dedicated multiple years to training and teaching others as an Assistant Teacher while abroad in Botswana, and a little closer to home, as a Life Skills Instructor for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology.

Allen King


Mr. Allen King currently leads the team drafting the Disaster Financial Management guide and the Supply Chain Resilience guide released April 2019. Mr. King is currently leading the initial scoping of a Private-Public Partnership Guide.

Over the past eleven years at FEMA Mr. King has advised the development and implementation of national doctrine and guidance for resilience. He led the design of and supported development, and revisions of the planning frameworks, developing the interagency operations plans, and managed the National Planning System.

Mr. King is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps serving twenty-five years.

Allen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from Middle Tennessee State University and recently completed a Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management (with Honors) through the American Military University. 

Mr. King lives in Stafford County, VA with his wife and two children.


05/29/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  100 minutes
05/29/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  100 minutes
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