An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is a predictable scenario along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This article describes how the tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest are preparing their region for this catastrophic event. This exercise allowed tribal and non-tribal participants to evaluate their resources and test their communications capabilities.
Narrated by Randy Vivian.
Bruce Fitzgerald is the First Responder Network Authority’s senior public safety advisor for Emergency Management. Prior to joining the FirstNet Authority, he worked at AT&T as a FirstNet principal consultant for Maine and Vermont, where he partnered with public safety agencies to adopt and implement FirstNet. He has experience in crisis management, fiscal and program direction, and government relations at the federal, state, and local levels. He worked for 14 years at the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), serving as the state emergency management and homeland security director among other roles. He also served as chair of the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He has served as the FEMA Region 1 vice president, national committee co-chair, and member of the board of directors for the National Emergency Management Association and worked closely with state partners and Canadian provinces through the Northeast States Emergency Consortium and the International Emergency Managers Group. During statewide emergencies, he served as the emergency operations center coordinator with responsibility for coordinating the Emergency Response Team and Disaster Recovery Team. In that role, he responded to the St. Patrick’s Day and Patriot’s Day disasters in 2007, a statewide ice storm in 2014, and national hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Irene, and Sandy. In 2012, he led a team of state and private officials and the National Guard to assist the City of New York in recovering from Hurricane Sandy.