Teresa Schwalbach, PEM
Marquette County Emergency Management Program Coordinator

Teresa Schwalbach is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Marquette, Michigan. She has worked in the public sector her entire career and in emergency management for the past 25 years. She coordinated the team of local, state, and federal agencies participating in the emergency response activities during the Silver Lake Dam flood event in May 2003. As a result, she was asked to write an article for Hydro Review magazine in 2004 and International Dam Safety magazine 2008 on the flooding event and the value of planning for emergencies and testing emergency plans. She has presented at various conferences including the Dam Association Conference in San Francisco in 2004 and the Canadian Dam Association Conference in Calgary, Canada in 2005. She was invited back to Canada to present as a guest speaker at the 2014 Canadian Dam Association Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada on the past and present look at the Silver Lake Dam event.

She is a member of the Michigan Emergency Management Association and serves as the District Liaison for the Upper Peninsula. She is also a member of the State of Michigan Citizen Corp Focus Group and is the Citizen Corp Coordinator for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in the U.P. She is Chair of the U.P. Regional Homeland Security Board representing Marquette County and serves on other various committees throughout the county.

Working with local law enforcement, she trains school staff, businesses and industry personnel on active intruder response.She received her Professional Emergency Management certification in 2005 and was selected as the Professional Emergency Manager of the Year in 2012 by the Michigan State Police/Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. She was also selected by the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) as the Local Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year with a population greater than 60,000 in 2016.