Kim Stenson was named Director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division of the Adjutant General’s Office in June 2013. Under his direction, the Division provides oversight and coordination for emergency and disaster consequence management planning, and response and recovery operations for the State of South Carolina. Mr. Stenson is also responsible for coordination with emergency managers at the local and national levels.
Prior to joining SCEMD in 1998, Mr. Stenson served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he served in a variety of assignments in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East including combat service during the First Gulf War.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, Mr. Stenson joined SCEMD, where he served successively as the Manager, Natural Hazards Plans; Chief, Preparedness; Chief, Preparedness and Recovery; and Chief of Staff, an appointment in 2008. He has been a key player in the Division’s responses to major events, most notably for Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and the October 2015 heavy rains and severe flooding incident which resulted in the largest statewide responses since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Mr. Stenson was also instrumental in the severe ice storm in February 2014, hurricanes Bonnie in 1998, Dennis, Floyd and Irene in 1999, Isabel in 2003, Charley, Gaston, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004, Katrina and Ophelia in 2005, Ernesto in 2006, Hanna in 2008, Tropical Storm Bonnie in 2004, tornadoes in 2008 and 2009, major winter storms in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2014, major wild fires in 2001 and 2009, the Graniteville train derailment and hazardous materials incident in 2005, the Haiti earthquake evacuation support in 2010.
Mr. Stenson received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington and Lee University in 1975 and a Master of Arts in history from Norwich University in 1987. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Stenson was a member of the Emergency Management Roundtable, which was responsible for developing the Principles of Emergency Management, the baseline doctrine for the emergency management profession subsequently adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Emergency Management Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the National Fire Prevention Association.
Director Stenson currently serves as Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission, Chairman of the Public Health Emergency Plan Committee, Chairman of the NEMA Radiological Preparedness Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of the Firefighter Mobilization Committee and is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.