An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, November 09, 2022.
After-action reviews highlight the successes and expose the failures of disaster preparedness and response efforts. Four significant events demonstrate how communities managed when power outages, communication failures, and healthcare concerns emerged in their aftermath. Unfortunately, these same issues will resurface in future disasters unless lessons are learned.
Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.
Emergency Planner, "I Love U Guys" Foundation
Daniel Rector is an emergency management professional with over 15 years of experience in
homeland security and emergency management operations. He is a military veteran with 12 years of
active-duty experience. He served as a damage control petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and survey
team chief on a National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. He served as a contractor
for military and private sector clients designing exercises and conducting training. He has extensive
experience conducting threat identification, hazard analysis, training program development, and exercise
design/evaluation. He is a graduate of training programs from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, the
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Army’s Chemical/Biological Weapons Center, and the Idaho
National Laboratory. He completed the FEMA Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program
course and the Continuity of Operations Planning course and is enrolled in the FEMA Master Exercise
Practitioner Program. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, licensed hazardous materials technician,
confined space rescue technician I/II, and emergency medical technician. His awards for excellence
include being the only National Guard soldier ever named the Distinguished Honor Graduate while
simultaneously being nominated by his peers for the Leadership Award at the CBRN Advanced Leaders