Virginia Commonwealth University
Director - Emergency Preparedness
March 2012 — Present
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Director - Emergency Preparedness at Virginia Commonwealth University
Redeveloped masters level course called "Disasters, Diseases, and Public Health". Taught class in Spring 2009 and Spring 2010.
This position served as the community contact and representative to citizens, community groups, businesses, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and other governmental agencies to facilitate the improvement of emergency management activities and general community preparedness. Specifically, I maintained program responsibilities related to public education, community planning, resource coordination, public information, media management, management of multiple grant funds, and the administration of all internal and external training and exercise opportunities. This required planning, preparedness, training, exercises, and presentations on a variety of emergency management topics related to preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation to community groups of all sizes, demographics, perspectives, and philosophies.
I also serve as a 24/7 on-call, deployable duty officer with responsibilities to support localized emergency preparedness, response, and recovery as well as support for other neighboring jurisdictions requesting support and mutual aid. This included numerous localized emergencies and disasters including severe weather, flooding, hazardous materials, fires, ice storms, blizzards, and continuity of operations. Moreover, this involves the oversight of multiple response agents and damage assessment functions during and immediately after a disaster event as well as communication with key community leaders (ex: elected officials and executive management), local media, and critical infrastructure in the community such as civic event organizers, transportation partners, home-based visitors, and other important cultural elements. I was also deployed to the Joint Field Office for the 2011 outbreak of tornadoes in Alabama (DR-1971).
Overseeing the creation and use of social networking sites to community with various clients using multiple services including nursing, primary care, WIC, and emergency response
Researched and distributed bi-monthly Avian & Pandemic Flu Situation Report to approximately 300 people in 13 states and 4 countries
Provide planning, preparedness, and training guidance
Conduct research on industry trends in planning, technology, and funding
Maintain all contract fiscal and billing records
Update Emergency Response Plan as needed
Continue to serve as community liaison for public health issues
Organized and wrote FEMA-approved Debris Management Plan
Created and conducted regional Debris Management Planning Seminars
Coordinated EOC operation during severe weather events
Created a county-wide resource management database of NIMS Tier 1 assets
Supported county-wide WebEOC development including infrastructure for 19 cities
Worked in support of emergency preparedness and planning for public health events such bioterrorism and pandemic flu.
Maintained operational response and communication plans for public health emergencies
Implemented two pandemic preparedness public education programs that were designated "promising practices" by CIDRAP
Assisted coordination of response and recovery to 2007 flooding
Oversaw the creation of a Health Operations & Training Center
Prepared weekly situation reports for current emergency threats
Maintained budgetary oversight for three emergency preparedness grants
Worked with local, state, and federal partners to ensure emergency preparedness in the region
Conducted all emergency preparedness and response training
Established the Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Public Information for the health department
Reviewed and updated all Emergency Response Plans to create an all-hazards coverage for health issues and overall LEOP functions
Created and coordinated the Community Readiness Challenge (personal preparedness public education campaign with local civic, cultural, religious, and business groups)
Developed protocols for staff training for emergency preparedness and response