Bruce A. McFarlane, Sr.

Bruce A. McFarlane, Sr. is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and retired in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 32-years of distinguished service.  In May 2010, McFarlane was honored to have been selected as the Inclusive Emergency Planner for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management in Fairfax, VA.  Prior to this appointment, McFarlane served as the National Director of the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative from October 2009 until May 2010.

During his career at USDA, McFarlane was the special needs advisor to the Incident Commander for the USDA Emergency Response Team based in Washington, D.C.   As the advisor to the Incident Commander, McFarlane was instrumental in developing and implementing 11-different emergency alert systems for the headquarters complex.  Additionally, McFarlane was selected as a “subject matter expert” for the Special Needs Working Group involved in the 2006-Nationwide Plan Review and the 2007 National Response Plan/National Incident Management System Review conducted by the DHS.  

In September 2005, he was deployed to Smyrna, Georgia to manage the relocation of the USDA National Finance Center FERS unit following the Katrina disaster.  This unit of 100 employees was headquarters in New Orleans, and complete office operations, housing and transportation assistance was coordinated and managed by McFarlane.

Upon retirement, McFarlane worked as the Program Manager of the Special Needs Advisory Team for “The Road Home Program” for Katrina evacuees until August 2008.  While in Louisiana, he was selected to be the FEMA Controller at the St. Bernard Parish Evacuation Center during the July 7-9, 2008 “Hurricane Mike” exercise held in New Orleans.

Additional emergency management experiences include serving as the special needs observer for the “Cruise Ship Evacuation Exercise” held by the US Coast Guard in Ketchikan, AK in April 2009.  While in Ketchikan, McFarlane also served as an observer controller for an evacuation drill conducted by the Ketchikan Hospital.

In March 2010, McFarlane served as a controller/observer for a hospital surge exercise, held at the Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD.  The unique feature of this exercise was the use of 15-high functioning adults with cognitive disabilities as patients/victims.

McFarlane is an accomplished speaker and trainer, having recently been the keynote speaker for the 2010 Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, hosted by the Broward County Independent Living Center.  Along with the National Disability Advisor to President Bush, McFarlane presented “Cultural and Ethical Considerations in Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” at the Southern University Symposium held in Baton Rouge, LA in 2007.

Mr. McFarlane received numerous USDA Honor Awards during his federal career and was also the recipient of the Department of Homeland Security 2006 Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the DHS Nationwide Plan Review as a Disability Subject Matter Expert Reviewer.  McFarlane also received the 2005 Barry Carter Award for his service in establishing the Smyrna office for USDA evacuees post-Katrina.


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