Thea Burke lives in a small, rural town in Southwest Georgia, in an area affectionately referred to as ‘below the gnat line.’ She has been a nurse for many years and has enjoyed working in a variety of specialty areas from emergency departments to hospice to public health. Prior to graduation from the Medical College of Georgia, she worked as a bank clerk and a truck driver in the Georgia National Guard. In her current role in Public Health, she works in medical emergency preparedness and assists with her regions’ preparation and response to disasters. She and her husband are also part of the Medical Team for Storm Services, LLC. After a regional disaster, this company offers provisional support such as housing, food, water, sanitary facilities, and first aid for the large numbers of workers temporarily relocated to restore services interrupted or destroyed by the disaster. In her contract role with Storm Services, she has assisted in the medical response to multiple storms, including Hurricane Sandy and most, recently Hurricane Irma.