Thad Allen to Co-Chair New York State Commission on Emergency Preparedness
Booz Allen Senior Vice President Thad Allen has accepted the position of Co-Chair of a new commission formed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and tasked with finding ways to ensure that New York State is ready to respond to future weather-related disasters.
The New York State Respond Commission will examine and make recommendations “to improve the planning, training and resource commitment that must occur before the next major weather event in order for the appropriate deployment of people and resources to take place during and after the emergency or disaster occurs.” Brad Penuel, Director of the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at New York University, will also serve as Co-Chair.
Thad Allen leads the development of Booz Allen’s thought leadership and client engagement regarding the future direction of law enforcement and homeland security. He is known for his expertise in bringing together government and non-government entities to address major challenges in a “whole of government” approach designed to achieve a unity of effort. Allen completed his distinguished career in the US Coast Guard as its 23rd Commandant. In 2010, President Barack Obama selected Allen to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency, DHS, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Health and Human Services, state and local entities, and BP, he sought to bring a unity of effort to response operations. Prior to his assignment as Commandant, Allen served as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the US government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region.