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Gary Scronce


Gary Scronce has provided emergency preparedness support for natural and man-made hazards in more than 100 local and state jurisdictions. Scronce has more than 22 years of emergency management and homeland security experience, including eight years as a member of the River Bend nuclear power plant’s emergency response organization. Following 12 years as an engineer for Gulf States Utilities and Energy, he has been a full-time emergency management and homeland security consultant for over 25 years.

A resident of Louisiana since 1986, Scronce has personally survived multiple major hurricanes impacting his home and community including Andrew, Rita, and Gustav. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Scronce played an integral role in developing the “Hurricane Pam” planning exercise for FEMA. In 2006, he managed the review of emergency plans in 65 local and state jurisdictions for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nationwide Plan Review. This work resulted in the largest repository of knowledge on the current state of U.S. catastrophic preparedness. Currently a Senior Director at IEM, Mr. Scronce has led or supported projects throughout the United States to improve preparedness, respond to and recover from disasters, and implement mitigation programs to enhance community resilience.

Scronce has overseen more than 225 technical assistance deliveries in 40 states, many large urban areas including the National Capital Region and Los Angeles/Long Beach, two territories, and numerous tribal nations. He has managed or directed port security planning work on behalf of 11 major U.S. port areas, security and preparedness projects for ten mass transit agencies, and statewide capability assessments in four states. Scronce has also provided expert reviews and directed the development or revision of crucial emergency management policy and guidance documents, including many related to Presidential Preparedness Directive 8 (PPD-8). He served as an expert reviewer for DHS’s National Preparedness Goal, Universal Task List, and Target Capabilities List; directed revisions to State and Local Planning Guidance 101 on behalf of a federal agency; and managed the incorporation of NIMS into planning guidance for multi-million dollar federal preparedness programs.

Scronce is a current member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA), and Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT). He previously served as a member of NEMA’s Preparedness Committee, the Private Sector Committee of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Commission, and the Iberville Parish (Louisiana) Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Scronce is currently a member of IAEM’s Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors of Arbor Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where he currently serves as Vice President. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University.

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