Justin Kates of Nashua, New Hampshire was recently named Emergency Management Director of the Year. The award was presented during the 2015 New Hampshire Emergency Preparedness Conference on Wednesday, June 10 in front of 900 of Kates’ peers. Kates is the Emergency Management Director for the City, and has been working for Nashua for four years. Before working for the City, Kates was previously a Homeland Security Consultant for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.
As the Emergency Management Director, Kates has had many accomplishments including the Development of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team and the successful recovery of five federally declared disasters since 2011.
Kates also implemented CodeRED to the City of Nashua, and has been using the mass notification system for the past two years. The award winner mentioned that residents of Nashua are happy with the system, especially during the past winter when emergency notifications were abundant.
To receive this award, Kates stood out because of his community engagement projects. Kates said that his Community Emergency Response Team has been very successful, and they have conducted a number of exercises over the past year.
Kates feels that winning this award means to be recognized as someone who has done something to advance the field of emergency management, and to assist the City to become more resilient. Through his accomplishments, Kates has shown he is not only experienced, but also deserving of this honorable award.