Sidney Melton, Public Assistance Infrastructure Director
Florida Recovery Office, FEMA
Sidney Melton, Public Assistance Infrastructure Director at FEMA’s Florida Recovery Office, arrived in Hackleburg, Alabama in May after an EF-5 tornado destroyed most of the community. The tornado was one of 64 that impacted Alabama, killing 241 people.
Over the next two months, Melton assisted with the recovery efforts in Hackleburg and Marion County – advising local officials on the recovery process, helping survivors apply for assistance, and working with partners at FEMA, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and local officials and volunteers.
Currently, Melton is responsible for the Public Assistance Branch in the Florida Recovery Office, where he oversees reimbursements to state and local governments on key public projects.
Melton retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army in 2002, joining FEMA two years later. In September 2005, he was deployed to Mississippi and supervised the placement of temporary housing for 46,000 families after Hurricane Katrina. In June 2007 he became director of Mississippi recovery operations and a year later began working for FEMA headquarters, where he oversaw the housing program for Hurricane Ike in Texas.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that we work together as a nation to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.