The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Wendy Suhr

BATEP Regional Project Manager

Ms. Wendy Suhr is responsible for managing the Bay Area UASI’s multi-million-dollar terrorism prevention and all-hazard disaster management training and exercise program serving the Region’s public safety personnel and community-based organizations. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the Bay Area Training & Exercise Program (BATEP) provides training opportunities to over 5,000 students annually. The Bay Area, with over 8.1 million residents, faces a multitude of threats, risks and hazards to include terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, floods, power outages, public health outbreaks, and poor air quality. 

Wendy comes to the Bay Area UASI with over 20 years of private sector homeland security and emergency preparedness experience. She has lent her expertise to numerous communities across the US, including many years supporting the Pacific territories in their typhoon preparedness efforts.  Ms. Suhr supported San Francisco’s response to COVID-19 in the Command Center implementing mitigation strategies focused on our most vulnerable communities.

Ms. Suhr has a BA in Sociology and a Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) credential from FEMA and was an integral part of the authoring, development and instruction of the Nation’s first standardized Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).  Wendy lives in San Francisco with her husband and German Shepherd rescue pup Mysti.  She is proud to serve on the Board of the Pomeroy Center in San Francisco serving children and adults with disabilities.