Andrew joined FEMA in 2006. Prior to joining FEMA, Andrew worked for the American National Red Cross for 25 years. During his tenure he helped manage ARC’s response to 50+ major disasters including Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Georges, Katrina and Rita, as well as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York City.
· Andrew served as an International delegate to the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, Operation Provide Comfort, in 1991, providing emergency medical services to 850,000 Kurdish refugees along the Turkey – Iraq border following Operation Desert Storm.
· In his role as the Division’s Deputy Director, Andrew has responsibility for the Western Hemisphere, and manages the International Assistance System-- in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State—for receiving international aid following a major disaster. He currently is working with Mexico on a 10-year project to align emergency management training, exercise and education systems between the two countries and build cross-border mutual aid capabilities.
· Mr. Slaten is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Central America during the U.S. - Panama Canal transition negotiations, as an interpreter/translator. Mr. Slaten received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Loyola University in New Orleans and has a master’s degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
· Andrew received Administrator’s Awards in 2008 and 2016 for his work on developing the National Response Framework (NRF) and his development of the International Assistance System.
· Andrew is author of Bridging The Gulf: A New Paradigm For Emergency Management On America’s Third Border (March 2012, Naval Postgraduate School) offering insights into future adjustments to U.S. government engagement in foreign disasters.