John E. Bourdeau Jr.
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John has developed a diverse background in Risk Reduction efforts involving extensive research in Loss Avoidance Methodology following both tornado and storm surge/flooding events. In 2011 John led a team which completed the first ever Loss Avoidance Study (LAS) for a tornado event. In 2012, immediately following Hurricane Isaac, John led a team of engineers, building science specialists and geospatial specialists who developed the first LAS for a storm. When John is not deployed to a hazard event, his steady state responsibilities involve project management of RiskMAP updates for the State of Arkansas, watershed Discovery efforts along the Brazos River and providing Building Science guidance for FEMA Region VI.
Recently, John received the Department of Homeland Securities Secretaries Award for Excellence. This National Award was for his work providing Risk Reduction efforts following the Moore tornado in 2013. Prior to John’s FEMA career, he built custom homes along the barrier islands of South Carolina where specialized construction methods were required to reduce risk from potential hurricane storm surge, extreme winds and seismic activity. Academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and advanced courses in Business and Accounting.