Director of Mitigation, Tidal Basin
Jacob Gray is a former State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) with over 17 years of experience in mitigation planning project management, mitigation grants management, risk identification and vulnerability assessments in Homeland Security and Emergency Management fields. Jacob currently serves as the Deputy Director of Mitigation for Tidal Basin Government Consulting. Prior to his Tidal Basin tenure, Mr. Gray served as the SHMO for the State of Kansas, where he developed a comprehensive mitigation grant program and a mitigation planning program ensuring most of the population in Kansas was covered under planning requirements, at no expense to the local jurisdictions. He spearheaded three state multi-jurisdictional mitigation plan updates, the most recent being approved in November 2018. Mr. Gray implemented a GIS-based software program outlining all grant projects accomplished in Kansas going back to 1993. This program outlined all safe rooms, home buyouts, generators, weather radios, warning sirens, electrical infrastructure retrofits, severe repetitive loss properties, repetitive loss properties, the amount spent on these projects and the estimated losses avoided from these projects. Before this, Mr. Gray worked as a Homeland Security Vulnerability Specialist with Kansas conducting security assessments of military installations, courthouses, hospitals, schools, chemical facilities, potential strategic national stockpile sites and water treatment facilities. Mr. Gray also spent 5 years in the US Navy as a gunner’s mate/security specialist training fellow staff and conducting visit board search and seizure operations during Operation Enduring Freedom and numerous other duties.