Mr. Jesus “JB” Cuartas is the Chief of Operational Planning for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region II which covers the States of New York and New Jersey as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the Chief of Operational Planning, Mr. Cuartas manages deliberate catastrophic planning and the Regional Hurricane Program for Region II. Additionally, Mr. Cuartas served as the Region II Exercise Director for Gotham Shield 2017.
Prior to joining FEMA Region II, Mr. Cuartas was the Chief of Operational Planning for FEMA Region III where he managed catastrophic planning, chaired the Consequence Management Subcommittees for National Special Security Events (NSSE) occurring in the Region, and oversaw the Regional Emergency Communications Program, Regional Geospatial Information Systems Program, and Regional Hurricane Program.
Mr. Cuartas served nine years in the US Army, including two combat tours in Iraq totaling 29 months of combat operations conducting Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) operations. He served as a Combat Engineer and Explosives Ordnance Clearance Agent with the 111th Sapper Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and Technical Rescue Operations/Planning Section Chief for the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company, Military District of Washington.
Following his military service, Mr. Cuartas took on the role of Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cuartas then transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination and Planning serving as a senior continuity policy analyst drafting multiple Department-wide policies and plans. Mr. Cuartas joined FEMA in 2013 as the Regional Continuity Manager where he worked with multiple States and Federal Departments and Agencies to develop plans and policies, execute continuity exercises, and served as course manager and instructor for FEMA emergency management and continuity courses within the Region and at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.
Mr. Cuartas has a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management and holds multiple certifications in the field of emergency management, continuity, technical rescue and fire services.