Article Out Loud – Week 2 – Restoring Infrastructure and Instilling Resilience

Full article by Joseph J. Leonard, Jr., an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 1, 2024.

In this featured article, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander points out that the Key Bridge collapse was not the first of its kind, and it will not be the last. Now in Week 2 of the response and recovery, it is critical to understand the short-term and long-term goals after such an incident. How will Baltimore and other communities restore these severely impacted transportation lifelines?

Learn about some measures community leaders can take to strengthen infrastructure and instill resilience.

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Joseph J. Leonard Jr.

Joe Leonard, CDR (ret.), is a nationally recognized emergency responder, incident manager, and trainer with 44 years of U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, volunteer municipal fire service, and private-sector experience responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, marine fires, mass rescue operations, mass care and shelter events, national special security events, and maritime homeland security events. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Unified Services Consulting Group, LLC. He was recognized with the prestigious U.S. Navy League’s Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership and was named a Fox News “Power Player of the Week” on 11 September 2005 for his services as the FEMA-designated Area Commander-Houston Area Mega-Shelter Operations following landfall of Hurricane Katrina. He holds certifications as a Master Exercise Practitioner, Master Continuity Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, Coast Guard Emergency Management Credential, Certified Homeland Protection Professional, and Certified Port Executive. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in engineering technology from Murray State University. He is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive and Advanced Academies.



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