Bruce A. McFarlane, Sr. is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and recently retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 32-years of distinguished service. In October 2009, McFarlane was honored to have been selected as the Director of the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative.
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. Additionally, McFarlane was selected to be a member of 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.
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.
Additionally, McFarlane served as a FEMA Observer for the U.S. Coast Guard cruise ship evacuation drill held in Ketchikan, AK in April 2009, as well as a controller/observer for nursing home/hospital surge drill near Baltimore, MD.
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.