Louis Eswood graduated from UNH in 2009 with a B.S. in Fire Science/Arson Investigation. Today he’s an external affairs specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. He currently is deployed as a disaster assistance reservist, working on the agency’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts not far from his hometown of Parsippany, N.J. How he came to work for FEMA, and why he requested to help in recovery efforts, stems from the same reason he maintains strong ties and support for UNH – an appreciation for the value of a strong community.
“When I was at UNH I was very involved,” Louis says. “I was president of the student government for two years and was heavily involved in clubs and organizations. UNH is a small enough school that you can get to know a lot of people that way, and many of those relationships are still ongoing; there’s a real sense of community. Those connections branch out and that community feeling remains even after graduation. After the storm, I heard from people I hadn’t spoken with since school because they knew I worked for FEMA, and I called and checked up on a couple of the professors I still keep in touch with.”