Seeing The Need, Meeting The Need In The Wake Of The Costliest Disasters on Record

The United States led the world in catastrophic disasters last year, with an overall damage cost of $16.5 billion. The devastating and deadly Camp Fire that consumed California in November was the world's costliest natural disaster in 2018. In second and third place last year were Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion). Florence dumped heavy rain across the Carolinas in September, and Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle in October.
While the government has shut down, Vincentians across the country continue to serve disaster survivors in communities impacted by disaster. Disaster Services Corporation remains one of the leading emergency response and disaster relief organizations in the country. 
Disaster recovery is usually the worst thing to happen to those affected by a natural or manmade disaster. With that premise in mind, Vincentians work tirelessly to better understand the survivor’s immediate and long-term needs, the populations affected, and knowing what resources are available to help rebuild. Our Disaster Services Corporation volunteers help disaster survivors navigate the complexities of the recovery process and guides communities to the resources available to them.
We are carrying this momentum over into 2019. Disasters teach us humility and in 2019 we will continue to serve communities impacted by disaster humbly.
Mr. Kevin M. Peach is a management consultant with over ten years of experience in emergency management and public health. Mr. Peach has been recognized for his ability to effectively lead programs that address preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery, and mitigation. Having served in numerous capacities for various local, state, and federal agencies, Mr. Peach possesses extensive and diverse professional experience managing government organizations, which includes writing grants and winning federal and private funding for complex disaster projects and emergency management programs. 
Specifically, Mr. Peach has experience with the formulation and development of policies addressing the mobilization of resources during emergencies, public health crises, the preparation of emergency plans, and the coordination of emergency operations. Mr. Peach has served as a strategic advisor to the White House, National Security Council, FEMA, CDC, and a variety of states and local governments with an emergency management emphasis. He regularly advises municipal, regional, state, and federal officials as well as corporate executives on emergency management and public health issues and funding strategies.
Mr. Peach has composed Congressional testimony for the Assistant Administrator of Recovery for FEMA, asked to contribute to the evaluation of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS), and advised the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which coordinated the federal investment of $60 billion passed by Congress.
Mr. Peach possesses comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and organizations that affect public health, preparedness, emergency management, and private sector activities in the United States. He has a proven ability to exercise leadership and manage a diverse and complex organization to protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, public health crises, terrorism, and other man-made disasters through a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, security, response, recovery, and mitigation.
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