Ballweg Appointed to FEMA Advisory Council

BALLWEG APPOINTED TO FEMA REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

For Immediate Release:
July 31, 2007

Markesan, W.I. – FEMA Regional Administrator Edward Buikema today appointed State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V Advisory Council.

The council advises the Regional Administrator on preparedness and emergency management in an effort to ensure close coordination with state, local and private sector partners across Region V.  Ballweg is one of 24 individuals appointed to the regional council, which represents Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“I am honored to be selected to advise FEMA on how to best respond to natural and manmade disasters effecting Region V, and specifically the great state of Wisconsin,” Ballweg said.  “I look forward to working with FEMA to ensure effective response and coordination in the face of disaster.”

FEMA Region V is headquartered in Chicago and is composed of emergency stakeholders in the six-state region.  Region V is the second most populated of the 10 FEMA regions serving more than 49 million people.  Region V also has the highest volume of shipped hazardous materials and is home to 16 of the nation’s nuclear power plants.  The region’s most common challenges are floods, tornadoes, blizzards and earthquakes.

Ballweg is currently chair of the Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness for the 2007-2009 Legislative Session.  Ballweg has also chaired the Legislative Council Special Committee on Disaster Preparedness Planning which forwarded recommendations on state disaster preparedness reforms to the Legislature earlier this session.

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