NEMA Hires Planning Specialists Allen, Huggins, and Jackson, Promotes Eckles

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA, recently welcomed three new planning specialists to their team in Omaha and promoted another. Andrew Allen and Elizabeth Huggins were hired to work as planning specialists in the public assistance unit, and Sarah Jackson is a new planning specialist in the hazard and mitigation unit. Megan Eckles (formerly Tesmer) was promoted to serve as a planning specialist after working as an administrative assistant in the Recovery section since December 2019. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with honors from Doane University, and just got married.

Andrew Allen is from Joplin, MO and earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining NEMA, Andrew worked for the Nebraska State Patrol as a capitol security guard and worked part-time for Seward County emergency management. Andrew has a twin brother, who also lives in Lincoln.

Elizabeth Huggins earned her bachelor’s degree in emergency administration and planning from the University of North Texas before joining NEMA in October. Elizabeth interned with Denton County Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster and worked with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Sarah Jackson spent the spring 2019 semester as the first Emergency Management intern at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Through this internship, Sarah was able to shadow each animal department to gain knowledge of their emergency preparedness procedures.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is charged by state statute to reduce the vulnerabilities of people from the damage, injury, and loss of life and property. To learn more about NEMA, call (402) 471-7421 or visit