Elizabeth Dipaolo

Disaster Recovery Skills

Elizabeth is an avid skier, cyclist, and runner always looking for the next endurance challenge that will motivate her to step outside of her comfort zone.  She remains a volunteer for many Animal Rescue Organizations and sits on the DU School of International Humanitarian Studies Advisory Board.

Elizabeth DiPaolo

FEMA Emergency Management Program Specialist

Elizabeth joined FEMA one month prior to the Historic Colorado Floods of 2013.  Her role as the Mass Care Lead for FEMA Region VIII encompasses Mass Care planning and support for the six-state region of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.

Prior to joining FEMA, Elizabeth was a contractor to the State of Colorado developing Mass Care curriculum for the Emergency Manager’s Academy.  She was also the Chair for Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) where she actively supported State and VOAD efforts during the 2012 & 2013 summer wildfires and the Colorado 2013 Flood event.  Additionally, Elizabeth worked for Cubic Applications Inc. as a program analyst for the Wide Area Recovery & Resiliency Program (WARRP) helping to create a series of Knowledge Enhancement Workshops that expanded on the Wide Area Resiliency and Recovery (WARRP) framework.  From 2006 to 2011 Elizabeth worked for the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Her last role at the American Red Cross was that of the Emergency Services Director.   Elizabeth has an MA degree in Business Operations Management.

Disaster history includes but is not limited to the 2019 South Dakota Floods, 2018 Campfire in Butte County Ca., Hurricane Florence 2018, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria 2017, 2016 Louisiana Floods, 2015 California wildfires, 2013 Colorado Floods and Wildfires, 2011 Minot, ND Flood, 2008 DNC and Hurricane Ike.  Elizabeth began her Disaster career after responding to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

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1 800 358 4203

Golden, CO

Government & Public Relations

Mass Care