Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance
for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses of all Sizes

Kevin Wynne
Public Information Officer
Mary "Kathy" Cook
Public Affairs Specialist

U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Office of Disaster Assistance

June 27, 2012

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Related Web Resources:
SBA Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Assistance
Disaster Field Operations Center -- West
Disaster Field Operations Center -- East

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14 Ratings Submitted
5 (36%) Academia 1 (7%)
7 (50%) Business 0 (0%)
2 (14%) Government 7 (50%)
0 (0%) Volunteers 3 (21%)
0 (0%) Other 3 (21%)
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"Exceptional content and superb presentation!"

"Good breakdown of all of the different types of declarations, had never seen it summarized like that before."
Brian Asbury
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

"Once again, a GREAT program with very super presenters. Happy 4th!"

"Good information - a review for me."

"It was a comprehensive coverage of SBA disalster loan programs."

"I feel this would be very important to Federal Employees who are impacted by disasters. As it can become part of the Human Capital (HR) section of the D/As Employee Assistance Program. "
Dominick Urso
Contractor for EPA HQ

"I thought Kathy Cook did an exceptional job of keeping your interest , she is an excellent narrator. Good presentation, I worked with FEMA and SBA at a DRC in Joplin, but didn't really know what SBA's role was until now. Thank you."
Dennis L. Ultican
U.S. Dept. of HUD

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Kevin Wynne currently serves as a Public Information Officer and spokesman for the
U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Assistance Office in Sacramento, CA.

Kevin joined SBA in September 2005, just weeks after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast. He began his career with the Office of Disaster Assistance in the Loan Processing Department, where he underwrote hundreds of Katrina disaster loan applications. Kevin was appointed Public Information Officer in December 2006.

When disasters strike, Kevin travels to impacted communities to explain the SBA Disaster Loan Program, and help disaster victim's access and obtain long-term recovery assistance. Kevin is responsible for drafting press releases, speaking to the media, responding to formal inquiries from Members of Congress, briefing public officials at all levels of government, conducting training seminars for local resource partners and speaking at public town hall meetings.

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Kathy Cook is a Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistancein Atlanta, GA.

She is responsible for handling inquiries from the media, government officials, and the public. She also responds to requests for disaster statistics and other related information for 27 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She is proactive in providing information on the SBA Disaster Recovery Program.

Kathy previously held positions as a Loan Officer, Supervisory Loan Officer and Loan Officer Trainer. Her experience with SBA exceeds 20 years during which time she served victims of some of the most devastating disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Andrew, the Mid-West Floods, and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001. She co-authored nine training modules used by loan officers processing SBA disaster loans. She was also selected as SBA's employee of the year in 1998.

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