Since 2015, Ed Rouse has served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC. DEO is responsible for maintaining CDC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which operates 24/7/365 under an Incident Management System model. The CDC EOC gathers and disseminates timely information on events both globally and domestically; provides logistics support to personnel responding to an event; operates emergency communications systems; and conducts planning, exercises, and training to ensure a high level of pre-event readiness.
Mr. Rouse has more than 20 years of experience in operations, planning, logistics, exercises, and emergency response operations in both military and civilian organizations. During CDC response operations, he has served in key leadership positions including: Operations Section Chief during the 2008 hurricane response; Logistics Section Chief during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and 2014 Ebola responses; and as Chief of Staff during the Zika and Polio responses.
His international experience includes conducting a logistics assessment in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; providing ICS and EOC instruction to a WHO/CDC-sponsored preparedness seminar in Tunisia; providing emergency management technical assistance to Kenya and South Africa ministries of health; and helping Liberia establish a public health EOC during the Ebola response.
Mr. Rouse holds a Master of Science in Science and Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and a Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, and attended the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard. In addition, he is a Certified Emergency Manager through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.