Jane Bullock has spent her career dealing with disasters. For over 22 years, Jane worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designing, managing and implementing programs to help communities and individuals mitigate the impacts of disasters. When Congress threatened to abolish FEMA because of poor performance and mismanagement, she was asked to work with the new leadership, to revitalize and rebuild the agency. The result was a new FEMA built on the principles of common sense, customer service and dedicated to helping people avoid being victims of disasters. FEMA became widely recognized as the model for what a federal agency should be. As chief of staff at FEMA, she was responsible for changing the policy focus of federal disaster programs from reactive response to proactive prevention. She was the chief architect of Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. Project Impact brought a stakeholder focus to disaster planning and worked to address the disproportionate impact disasters had on disadvantaged populations. After hurricanes devastated Central America, Bullock worked throughout the area organizing Project Impact communities.
With the Oklahoma City bombing, a new disaster risk, terrorism, became a prime focus as Bullock worked with state and local governments to begin to understand how to prepare for and mitigate this new threat. A renewed focus was placed on technology and how emergency management could use technology more effectively to combat the terrorist threat. She left FEMA just before the events of September 11.
She has provided advice on establishing emergency management programs in countries in South America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is the co-author on a series of state-by-state books designed to assist individuals in understanding the risks where they live and how to build more safely while considering the risks.