2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Disaster Experts Available to Discuss Nation’s Readiness as the
2022 Hurricane Season Approaches

Research Triangle, NC, June 1, 2022 — As the nation prepares for another above-average Atlantic hurricane season and a potential surge in COVID-19 cases, IEM disaster experts are available to discuss federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial preparations and provide actionable information to ensure residents in hurricane-prone states take the necessary precautions to protect their families and property.


Bryan Koon, Former Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) from February 2011 until October 2017, former Director of Emergency Management at Walmart, and currently IEM Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

TOPICS:  Hurricane Planning, Emergency Response Operations, Mitigation, Hurricane Response and Recovery, Public-Private Preparedness Partnerships, State Response and Recovery Operations; Disaster Housing


Elizabeth Zimmerman, Former Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the Obama Administration, and currently IEM Senior Executive Advisor.

TOPICS:  Hurricane Planning, FEMA’s Response and Recovery Programs (Public and Individual Assistance, Logistics, Disaster Field Leadership and Staffing, and Mitigation); Federal Response and Recovery Operations


Dr. Rashid Chotani, IEM Medical Director and recipient of the 2016 “NATO Scientific Award for Counterterrorism,” with over 20 years biodefense, infectious disease (with a focus on influenza, coronavirus, zika, Ebola, CCHF), public health, and emergency management expertise.

TOPICS:  Public Health Planning During Hurricane Response; COVID-19 Response During Hurricanes


Chris Smith, Former Director of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance for the Office of Response and Recovery, former State of Nevada Emergency Management Chief, and currently IEM Director of Individual Assistance and Disaster Housing.

TOPICS: Hurricane Planning, FEMA’s Recovery Programs (Individual Assistance); Federal Recovery Operations, State Response and Recovery Operations, Individual Assistance, Disaster Housing

 Media requesting interviews should contact press@iem.com to schedule one-on-one interviews.



About IEM

IEM is a global crisis and disaster management consulting firm dedicated to building a safe, secure, and resilient world. Founded in 1985, IEM is the largest woman- and minority-owned in homeland security and emergency management firm in the world focused on providing services and expertise at every stage of the emergency management cycle—from preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. We integrate science, technology, and real-world experience to provide our customers with innovative solutions and outcomes that matter. For information, please visit www.iem.com.