Staff Spotlight: Jessica Roy
We’ve recently expanded our services to include Emergency Management Planning. Jessica Roy joined our team to support the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC). At MPPDC, Jessica will be coordinating emergency plan development and maintenance; assisting with the development and distribution of emergency operations, hazardous materials, and hazard mitigation plans; and assisting with exercise design for emergency management. She will coordinate closely with local emergency managers to assist with local programs including developing and conducting public awareness activities throughout the community and administering all grants from State and Federal sources. Specifically, Jessica will assist in the development, preparation, and maintenance of the Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for the region’s jurisdictions and continue to develop Gloucester County’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
Jessica has experience working at the state capitol for Secretary Moran in the office of Homeland Security and Public Safety as well as the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. She’s completing her dual Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and in Political Science this spring. In her last semester, her coursework addresses cybersecurity and human trafficking, both of which are very real threats in Virginia.
“Public service has always peaked my interest. I wanted to get into this line of work because I know I can make a difference and have a long-lasting, positive effect on a community. Learning new skills, meeting goals and deadlines and receiving comments and positive feedback from community partners and/or co-workers are just a few of the things that keep me motivated. I think it is important to stay motivated in this field because sometimes Emergency Planning can be very overwhelming.” Jessica Roy
Based on her studies and experience, Jessica has found the biggest challenge for local governments in terms of emergency management to be funding for mitigation programs. It’s unfortunate for public safety but also from a return on investment standpoint: FEMA reports that for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $4 is saved in response and recovery efforts. We recently prepared a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the George Washington Regional Commission, and we’d be happy to help you navigate FEMA’s process.