Justin Kates joined the mayor’s cabinet in August 2011 as the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Nashua. Coordinating city-wide emergency response efforts, working with Federal, State, and other Municipal governments on obtaining the necessary resources to recover after a disaster, developing the All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan for the city and chairing the Local Emergency Planning Committee are all parts of his responsibilities.
Prior to joining Nashua, Mr. Kates was an emergency management consultant for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, developing plans on communications interoperability, citizen notification systems, special needs programs, and volunteer management. He has served numerous emergency operations center activations as the Communications Unit Leader, Situation Unit Leader, and most recently the Planning Section Chief. In addition, he helped develop the State of Delaware Citizen Corps program, a program intended to educate citizens of the disaster risks in their community and to leverage them as volunteers.
Mr. Kates has served as a volunteer in the emergency services field as an amateur radio operator, volunteer firefighter, and Red Cross volunteer. He is a current member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Mr. Kates is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he majored in Emergency Management and Public Administration. He resides in Nashua.