Michael J. Riley, Louisiana

Michael J. Riley, Attorney in Louisiana

Experience

Michael J. Riley is an attorney. Currently, he serves the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Operations Division Supervisor. Primary role is to ensure that efficient, effective communication and coordination between the Federal, State, Local, Tribal and/or Territorial (SLTT) governments at the lowest level of the incident on behalf of the incident management organization. Ensures that all actions are consistent with and support the incident objectives and the working assignments identified in the Incident Action Plan (IAP) for each Operational Period; and clear any proposed deviation to IAP and/or incident objective. Expertise include, representation regarding personal injury, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, clients in lawsuits that involved contract compliance, procurement and development issues; and Civil Rights. Principal lawyer at his law office. 

Contact

New Orleans, Louisiana

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Tennessee, 1980. 

Experience

2007-2018 - The Cantrell Law Firm,  supporting civil litigation preparation in the area of personal injury, to include medical malpractice, disaster insurance litigation. Plaintiff litigation support of complaints related to all aspects of Labor Law, including Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Civil Rights and Affirmative Action. This includes staff training and supervision in office administration. 

Economic Development

1986-2007 Michael J. Riley, Sr. Inc. Privately held Economic Development, Consulting and Investments Company. Worked with Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises through every stage of development to contract acquisition. This included capital, insurance and bonding requirements. Supervise staff of employees in all areas of management for various private industry clients. 

Michael J. Riley Sr. comments on Stafford Act

Call for amendment to section 404 of the Stafford Act

Formally named the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (hereinafter “Stafford Act”), the law, which was passed in 1988, provides the framework for federal disaster and emergency management through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”). The Stafford Act amended the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 and authorizes FEMA to provide financial and logistical assistance upon a presidential disaster declaration. 


The Stafford Act has been amended several times since its passage in 1988 and has its share of critics regarding areas it needs to be improved on. One particular subject that has received recent attention is the call to amend section 404 of the Act. 


The Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to oversea Hazard Mitigation Grant Program under section 404 and section 406 of the Act. Section 406 is the more limited of the two, providing discretionary funding to mitigation measures in conjunction with repairs of disaster damaged facilities. Such funding is limited to disaster declared counties and eligible damaged facilities. Section 404 is the broader program. FEMA provides funding to the states under section 404 and states may use them anywhere in the state, not just disaster declared counties. Such funding is used to prevent or reduce damages caused in the future. 


Current FEMA Administrator Brock Long testified about the needed changes in section 404 of the Stafford Act in his Senate testimony on October 31, 2017, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “The problem with the way the system is established is you have to get hit to have an extraordinary amount of post-disaster hurricane grant mitigation funding. I believe that’s not the right way of doing business.” Administrator Long went on to explain “[t]he 404 money, it would be amazing if we could work with the Senate and this committee to move that to the front side. On average, I believe we put out $700 million or $800 million in post-disaster mitigation funding. Why are we not doing that on the front side and get it out of recovery and reduce the complexities of recovery and put it up front?” 


Democratic Senator John Tester noted during the hearing that every dollar spent on the front end of a disaster would save four dollars on the back end.


By allowing FEMA to distribute 404 funding for pre-disaster mitigation, the funds could be put to much more efficient and meaningful use. Currently, 404 funding is only available after disaster strikes and presidential declaration issued. Once those conditions are met, then 404 funding is available as part of the recovery process to mitigate damages from future disasters. Giving FEMA flexibility to anticipate and prepare for disasters beforehand would certainly serve the long-term interests of the nation and promote more efficient allocation of resources. 


Michael Jerome Riley, Sr.


Trained as a lawyer, J.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1980), Michael J. Riley, Sr. currently serves FEMA as an Emergency Manager: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Operations Division Supervisor. Primary role is to ensure that efficient, effective communication and coordination between the Federal, State, Local, Tribal and/or Territorial (SLTT) governments at the lowest level of the incident on behalf of the incident management organization. Ensures that all actions are consistent with and support the incident objectives and the working assignments identified in the Incident Action Plan (IAP) for each Operational Period; and clear any proposed deviation to IAP and/or incident objective. Expertise include representation regarding personal injury, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, contract compliance, procurement, and Civil Rights.


He has served the American people and international community in various different locations affected by natural disasters, including Puerto Rico and Haiti.


Blog: https://michaeljriley.blogspot.com/

Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/michael-j-riley

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Trained as a lawyer, Michael J. Riley, Sr. currently serves FEMA as an Emergency Manager.

Trained as a lawyer, Michael J. Riley, Sr. currently serves FEMA as an Emergency Manager.

Michael J. Riley, Sr., starts blog Emergency Response

Experienced emergency responder’s blog will focus primarily on recent developments

New Orleans, LA 2018 – Experienced emergency responder Michael J. Riley, Sr. has started a blog and commentary on matters related to emergency response management. He writes based on his “hands on” experience, as he is currently serving the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an Emergency Response Manager.

  

Disclosure & Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of FEMA or any government agency.


Michael J. Riley, Sr. is planning to inform the public about such emergency response developments that they may not read about in the newspaper or see on television.


He notes that “in the business context, while an emergency situation is stressful, chaotic and financially demanding, I often see businesses that are not preparing for future disasters. Preparedness and response planning should be a priority, especially if the business is located in a region or zone that is disaster-prone.”


Thus, corporate emergency response plans are fundamental to give a company the best possibilities to reduce the financial and logistical impact of a natural disaster.


Such corporate preparedness programs and applicable response plans should be reviewed for accuracy and effective responses when new or additional variables are identified. This goes hand-in-hand with training employees accordingly. Only employees who are familiar and trained in accordance with the corporate emergency response plan are prepared to apply the best emergency response practices pursuant to the Plan. 


Such corporate preparedness programs must take into consideration, for example:


- IT Infrastructure: procedural details of computer backups, data restoration methods, the minimum requirements to re-establish business operations. Companies should consider outsourcing arrangements.


- Contact lists: emergency personnel must have reliable contact information for all people important for applying the plan. Such contact information should be reviewed frequently.


- Communications: there must be reliable communication channels to communicate with all parties involved.


- Logistics & Supply Chain: The plan should include possible alternate resources that may be available, as well as alternative suppliers.


- Essential Personnel: minimum staffing levels must be maintained.


- Equipment: minimum necessary equipment must be provided and launched to minimize down time.


Mr. Riley will provide more information on such preparedness plans and other emergency response issues on his blog.


About Attorney Michael Jerome Riley, Sr.


Trained as a lawyer, J.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1980), Michael J. Riley, Sr. currently serves FEMA as an Emergency Manager: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Operations Division Supervisor. Primary role is to ensure that efficient, effective communication and coordination between the Federal, State, Local, Tribal and/or Territorial (SLTT) governments at the lowest level of the incident on behalf of the incident management organization. Ensures that all actions are consistent with and support the incident objectives and the working assignments identified in the Incident Action Plan (IAP) for each Operational Period; and clear any proposed deviation to IAP and/or incident objective. Expertise include, representation regarding personal injury, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, clients in lawsuits that involved contract compliance, procurement and development issues; and Civil Rights.


Blog: https://michaeljriley.blogspot.com/

Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/michael-j-riley

News: https://hype.news/michael-j-riley-sr-attorney-in-louisiana/

J.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Michael J. Riley, Sr. serves as Emergency Manager.

J.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Michael J. Riley, Sr. serves as Emergency Manager.