W. "Russ" Webster, Federal Preparedness Coordinator
FEMA Region 1
With the advent of Presidential Policy Directive 8, National Preparedness, FEMA's
regions have been directed to support local, state and federal partners, including health care professionals, in new and innovative ways.
The presentation will highlight ongoing and evolving programs that may benefit the health care community.
Speaker Biography: W. Russell "Russ" Webster is the Federal Preparedness Coordinator for FEMA Region I covering New England's six states.
Capt. Russ Webster, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), served 26 years in the military, and was his service's incident operational commander for the 1999 JFK Jr. and Egypt Air Flight 990 air crashes.
He later became the Chief of Operations for the Coast Guard's Northeast District (Maine to New Jersey), and coordinated his service's operational response to the 9-1-1 New York terrorist attacks.
Upon retirement in 2003, he
public service with the newly-formed Transportation Security Administration, where he
helped create more than 60 new operational and administrative doctrine, including his
agency's inaugural behavioral detection program, Screening of Passengers through Observational Techniques, SPOT.
In February, 2008, he became FEMA Region I's first Federal Preparedness Coordinator, responsible for enhancing preparedness of individuals, communities, states, Tribal Nations, the private sector, and the federal community.
is also a published author of Coast Guard Cape Cod rescue history and is part of a maritime leadership lecture series for young mariners that has been delivered to over 5,000 cadets and midshipmen.