Manny Centeno began serving as a Project Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June of 2010. As a DHS/FEMA Program Manager, he leads sustainment and operations of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) National Public Warning System (NPWS) network, also known as Pep stations; designed and deployed a highly capable emergency satellite communications network connecting 78 sites, implemented and leads the IPAWS Laboratory at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), a component of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and oversees the design, modernization and enhancements of the NPWS stations. In 2013, Manny designed the 1st ever “All-Hazards” Emergency Broadcast Shelter System which combines protection from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear hazards with HEMP “always-on” protection in an easy to transport footprint. This new shelter system will modernize the NPWS. Manny also successfully planned, managed and conducted the first-ever Nationwide Test of the EAS in 2011 and other test events and exercises leading up to the Nationwide EAS Test.
Manny set the foundation for his broadcast and emergency communications career over 30 years ago as an on-air announcer, manager, sales executive and engineer. He has extensive first-hand experience in operating broadcast stations during disasters and through recovery. Manny has been an engineer with companies such as 360 Systems Broadcast in California, and was a Specialized Technical Expert and Project Manager at JITC-DISA, at the Department of Defense. In September of 2017, Manny deployed to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to assist in maintaining broadcast capabilities in the two territories in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. The FEMA NPWS stations were a crucial link in providing critical life-saving information to the public.
Among other duties at FEMA, Manny provides state, local governments and other public warning partners with best-practices and education to support the development of effective public warning strategies, policy, preparedness and resiliency. He authored the first EAS Best Practices Guide, Continuity of Broadcast Operations, published by the NAB, and other guides, manuals and white papers.