Tony Robinson has been named the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 6 administrator after serving as interim administrator since May.
Robinson’s position is usually an appointment by the president, but it was recently converted to a career position in an attempt to give the region more leadership stability, officials say.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Robinson, 46. “I’ve been blessed to be put in this position. We’ll continue to have our challenges, but we’ll continue to work together and make sure we’re prepared for every situation that presents itself.”
FEMA’s Region 6, headquartered in Denton, includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Robinson has lived in Denton since 1989, and his children were born and raised in the city.
“This is my home and it’s an honor to serve as the first career-appointed administrator for the region,” he said.
Through the years, Robinson has helped coordinate relief efforts during some of the region’s most violent storms, including hurricanes Katrina, Isaac, Rita and Gustav. He has also helped with tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma.
“I’ve been a part of every major storm in the last 20 years and I’ve also done some work on the East Coast,” he said.
Each emergency presents new challenges, Robinson said, and it’s important to learn from each one to better prepare for the next.
The region, which continues to have its share of natural disasters, will benefit from Robinson’s leadership, administrator Craig Fugate said in a press release.
He said Robinson has provided oversight during more than 50 federally declared disasters.
“He’s an exceptional public servant and he will be a great asset and advocate for the residents of this region in the years to come,” Fugate said.
As regional administrator, Robinson will continue to work closely with state and local emergency managers, leveraging regional as well as national resources to respond, prepare, recover and mitigate disasters.
Robinson has worked for FEMA since 1987 and he was named Region 6 recovery director in January 2012, where he was responsible for recovery programs in the five-state region.
Robinson fills the position, which was vacated by the previous administrator Tony Russell, who was named superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in May.
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