Luis Garcia is the CBRN Support Branch Chief for the CBRN Program Office within the Response Directorate of FEMA for the last ten years. He is also an emergency management professional with more than 25 years experience in preparedness, response and recovery programs.
Luis is currently responsible for developing and maintaining special programs focused on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. This includes the development of the City Planner Resource (CPR) suite of tools. Luis facilitates Interagency Core Planning Team meetings for the Nuclear Radiological Incident Taskforce (NRITF), guiding the taskforce through planning and exercises, clearly defining roles, responsibilities and authorities of the member agencies. He also ensures coordination with FEMA and the various government/private sector entities within the CBRN areas of expertise, such as the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector. In the past, Luis has been asked to provide technical expertise, in collaboration with the Department of State, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, and others on CBRN related topics.
Luis has served as the Lead Planner for the Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex, as well as the Biological Incident Annex and also led the effort in developing the National Planning System. Prior to joining FEMA, Luis spent more than 20 years with the American Red Cross, serving in various capacities including serving as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross Rappahannock Area Chapter in Fredericksburg, Virginia. he also managed the American Red Cross HQ Plans and Performance Division, with the responsibility of providing planning, evaluation and exercise guidance to more than 900 Red Cross Offices in the U.S. and its territories.
In his free time, Luis is an avid motorcyclist, spending hours and hours on his Harley Davidson Road Glide.