Nick Lobel-Weiss currently serves as the Manager of Training and Exercises for NHS England (London Region) in the Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response Team. Nick founded Global ER in 2010 following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Prior to his career in Emergency Management, Nick was a production manager for over 20 productions including Beauty and The Beast, The Who’s Tommy, Annie, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Riverdance and The Lion King.
Nick’s life changed dramatically in the wake of 9/11. From the morning of September 12th, he worked as part of the medical response efforts at the WTC site, working in cooperation with city, state, and federal agencies.
In 2004, Nick began working as an EMT for several hospitals as part of the FDNY 911 Emergency Medical Services system. By early 2005, he was promoted to oversee a division of EMS and corporate partnerships for St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
In 2005, Nick served as part of New York City’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He was pivotal in restructuring Louisiana’s EMS operational command where over 400 ambulances were dispatched daily to points throughout Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
In response to the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake, Nick organized a group of doctors and paramedics to respond. Obtaining clearance and direction from the highest levels of the World Health Organization, Nick rapidly assembled the personnel, medications and supplies to outfit a small mobile relief operation. Nick led his team into remote regions of Kashmir, a rugged region near the contested border with India where help had yet to arrive. Nick’s group of 13 treated over 2,000 patients in less than two weeks. The group was profiled on CBS 60 Minutes, which won an Emmy Award for the story.
With the Pakistan crisis far from over, he identified the need for emergency shelter to be of cardinal concern. Nick raised $250,000 in cash and $750,000 in in-kind commitments within three months. This included contact with senior members of the Weyerhaeuser Company who, in response to his request, fabricated winterized shelters for homeless quake victims. He convinced United Parcel Service to provide over $100,000 in shipping costs and worked with the United Nations to ensure that shelters reached the most needed locations.
Nick’s team returned to Pakistan in early 2006, this time to the Northwest Frontier Province, where they set up a field hospital with a 24 hour emergency room, treating 550 patients per day while managing distribution of the shelters.
In 2008, Nick was tapped to be the Director of Health and Medical for The New York City Office of Emergency Management. Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner, Nick led a team of Health and Medical specialists to plan and prepare New York City for disasters and citywide emergencies. When emergencies arose, Nick worked with senior leadership from all health and medically related government agencies to coordinate a successful response. During his tenure at OEM, Nick helped to develop the City’s Healthcare Facility Evacuation Plan. He managed other health emergencies including the Flight 1549 Aviation incident (on the Hudson River) and the H1N1 influenza outbreak.
In January, 2010, Nick relocated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where helped to manage the largest hospital, which was severely damaged in the earthquake. Nick was pivotal in securing a $4M grant from The American Red Cross that compensated hundreds of local hospital staff unpaid since before the disaster.
Since returning to New York in 2011, Nick has continued to support rebuilding efforts in Haiti and, in 2012, was recalled to OEM to support NYC’s Sandy Response. Nick helped to manage one of the City’s largest Special Medical Needs Shelters, worked as a section chief in the Emergency Operations Center and distributed medication, equipment and supplies in the Rockaways. For his efforts, DOHMH presented him with its Exemplary Responder Award. During the past year, Nick has been focused on the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak in Liberia. With the AmeriCares Foundation, Nick coordinated the supply of three 100-bed Ebola Treatment Units funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. He was then deployed to Northern Liberia by the International Rescue Committee where he worked to ensure that the health system was resilient against not only Ebola, but future health emergencies. Nick holds a B.A. from Oberlin College. He currently resides in London with his wife, Danielle.