Butch Kinerney is Chief of Marketing and Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program within the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In that role, he oversees the multi-million dollar Customer-Centric Communications initiative to educate home and business property owners about the necessity of protecting themselves against the financial devastation wrought by floods. He also oversees all customer communications for the Federal Insurance Directorate within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. Since 2012, he’s been an integral part of implementing of legislative changes to the NFIP.
Butch has served in many capacities since joining FEMA in 2004: as chief of strategic communications for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration where he oversaw efforts to help communities and the public build safer, stronger and smarter to lessen the impact of natural and manmade disasters. He has served as spokesperson for the National Flood Insurance Program, spokesperson for FEMA’s Mitigation Division and he received a battlefield appointment to FEMA Press Secretary during the 2005 hurricane season immediately following the departure of FEMA senior staff in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also been a field disaster information officer for a number of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other events.