Alaskan joins Trump administration in FEMA role


Joining the Trump Administration in a capacity that directly impacts Alaska is Mike O’Hare, who has been employed by the State of Alaska since 1996, most recently as the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

O’Hare yesterday was named Administrator for Region 10, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He will oversee disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation across four states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Other Alaskans tapped to join the Trump Administration include Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior; Drue Pearce, Deputy Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Tara Sweeney, head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and Chris Hladick, who heads up Region 10 for the Environmental Protection Agency.



  1. O’Hare joins our own Robert Forgit, Journalist / Meteorologist / Actor, who is the Alaska Area Office Manager for FEMA here in Anchorage.

    That’s a solid team with solid Alaska credentials.

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