Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Mary Baker joined the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency in the fall of 2011 after five years as a state employee with the Nebraska Air National Guard, managing their federal cooperative security agreements. In February 2013, she retired after 24 years of military service including finance, first sergeant, and flying as a boom operator on the KC-135R Stratotankers. During her first two years at NEMA, she was a planning specialist for public assistance and worked on all of the federal disasters for the state of Nebraska, including the 2011 Missouri River Flooding and several fire management assistance grants from the 2012 drought.
Baker took over the lead role for mitigation as the state hazard mitigation officer in October 2013. Since then, she has helped write the state mitigation plan and revised over 30 local hazard mitigation plans. She has helped close eleven disasters and over 180 hazard mitigation and pre-disaster mitigation projects within those grants, paying out approximately $21 million in mitigation funding over a four year period. The projects include flood mitigation measures, safe rooms in schools and residences, generators for critical facilities, and property acquisitions. She is currently helping to rewrite the state mitigation plan and is working on the 2017 pre-disaster grant application. Baker is excited about the adaptation and resiliency strategies that she and her team are working on for Nebraska as they move forward with mitigation efforts.