Lauralee Koziol

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Lauralee Koziol is responsible for leading FEMA's endeavors to ensure that the needs of children are integrated and implemented into disaster planning, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts initiated at the federal level. This is done by working hand in hand with subject matter experts throughout the Agency, and collaborating closely with federal, state, territorial, local, non-governmental partners, and pediatric experts across the nation. Working closely with key stakeholders in the field, she led FEMA’s efforts to ensure that children’s disaster related needs were being addressed and met in the aftermath of the Joplin, Missouri tornado; Superstorm Sandy (NJ); Moore, Oklahoma tornado; Baton Rouge, Louisiana floods; and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She serves on the Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters and the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign which is a unified approach to combat the crime of human trafficking. She also supported the 2014 Unaccompanied Alien Children Influx serving as a Principal Advisor to the Unified Command Group, established by FEMA’s Administrator at the direction of the DHS Secretary.