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Lauralee Koziol

National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters Board Member

Lauralee Koziol was charged by FEMA’s Administrator Fugate with designing the framework and implementation of FEMA’s Children’s Working Group (CWG). The CWG was responsible for leading FEMA’s efforts to ensure that the needs of children were integrated and implemented into all disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery efforts initiated at the Federal level. In this role, Lauralee served as the CWG’s Lead Coordinator and Agency’s internal/external primary point of contact on all child-related issues; working hand in hand with the National Commission on Children and Disasters, subject matter experts throughout the Federal Government, non-governmental stakeholders and many leading pediatric experts. During this time, she pioneered the development of the Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR) and Post-Disaster Reunification of Children:  A Nationwide Approach; the first reunification tools created on a national level in the United States to facilitate the expeditious reunification of children separated from their parents/legal guardians Photograph of Lauralee Koziol
 in the aftermath of a disaster. Working closely with Federal, State, local and non-governmental partners, she led FEMA’s efforts to ensure that children’s disaster related needs were being addressed and met in the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado and 2013 response to Superstorm Sandy in the State of New Jersey.  Lauralee has also been charged with serving as FEMA’s Human Trafficking Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she created a FEMA training module (now mandatory for all employees) depicting indicators of human trafficking that may occur in the chaos of a disaster environment; and most recently, supported the 2014 Unaccompanied Alien Children Influx serving as a Principal Advisor to the Unified Command Group, established by FEMA’s Administrator Fugate at the direction of DHS’ Secretary Jeh Johnson. 


National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD)

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