Director of Preparedness Programs
Gary Scronce has provided emergency preparedness support for both natural and man-made hazards in more than 100 state and local 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. In 2006, he managed the review of emergency plans in 65 state and local 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.
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 10 mass transit agencies, and statewide capability assessments in four states. Scronce has also provided expert reviews, and directed development or revision of key 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.
Focused on achieving efficiencies in emergency preparedness, Scronce has directed and provided subject matter expertise for the development of numerous tools that streamline preparedness-related activities for state and local governments. These include automated planning templates, collaborative portals, grant management tools, and decision guidebooks and matrices for all-hazards response. Over the course of his career, Scronce has directed evacuation studies for nuclear power plants and chemical weapons facilities and has developed and managed multiple state-level exercises, including performance-based exercises that resulted in documented evidence of consistent improvement in performance.
Scronce is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals (IRPT). He is a member of NEMA’s Preparedness Committee and the Private Sector Committee of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commission. Other memberships include the Iberville Parish (Louisiana) Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Louisiana Nuclear Society, and the American Nuclear Society. He has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering.