ORLANDO, Fla. — Pamela L'Heureux, director of emergency management in Waterboro, Maine, became president of the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers on Nov. 4.
“I hope to see a significant increase in Emergency Management Performance Grants next year for local emergency managers,” L’Heureux said. “As president, I want to encourage IAEM-USA members to promote the association and to become active in emergency management-related committees and partner organizations. Last but not least, I want to promote the teaching of self-preparedness in U.S. communities nationwide.”
She served several terms as president of IAEM-USA Region 1.
L’Heureux is involved as an emergency management planner, exercise coordinator and instructor for Federal Emergency Management Agency courses. She has been a long-term recovery specialist for FEMA and has responded to more than 20 disasters.
She is an Emergency Management Accreditation Program assessor, and has participated in 10 assessments. She serves as a member of the United Nation’s Advisory Board on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
IAEM-USA is the United States’ largest association of emergency management professionals, with more than 4,500 members, including emergency managers at the state and local government levels, tribal nations, the military, colleges and universities, private business and the nonprofit sector. Most of IAEM-USA’s members are city and county emergency managers, who coordinate and integrate efforts at the local level to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from all types of disasters including terrorist attacks.