Appalachian State Graduate Appointed New Director Of Federal Emergency Management Agency

An Appalachian State graduate has been appointed as the new director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Brock Long, 1997 B.S. Criminal Justice and 1999 MPA graduate of Appalachian, was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 95-4 on Tuesday.

Long, who grew up in Newton, is the former director for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

According to Long’s LinkedIn profile, “Mr. Long was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to direct the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. In this role, Mr. Long served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including 8 Presidential and 6 State declared events. After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Incident (i.e., BP Oil Spill), Mr. Long served as the on-scene incident commander for the State of Alabama Unified Command. Mr. Long also executed the State’s response to H1N1, and testified before the U. S. Congress regarding response and recovery for catastrophic events.”

He also worked as the FEMA RIV National Hurricane Program Manager and as a school safety coordinator for the State of Georgia.

President Donald Trump nominated Long for the post in late April.