An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 26, 2017.
“Emergency management” is a term broadly defining a field that includes federal, state, and local government agencies, voluntary organizations active in disasters, and private sector stakeholders that conduct a variety of activities to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from incidents. However, “emergency management” does not accurately describe the discipline or represent the most valuable skillset of emergency managers and their agencies: complex problem solving.
Narrated by Randy Vivian.
Chas Eby is the director of disaster risk reduction and chief strategy officer at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), where he oversees the directorate charged with reducing the state’s risk profile with effective emergency management programs. Previously, he was the external outreach branch manager, where he developed strategy and oversaw programs that included disaster recovery, public information and outreach, digital engagement, individual assistance, and community and private sector preparedness. Prior to joining MEMA, he was the chief planner for emergency preparedness at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH). He received a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He previously graduated from Boston College. He has completed the National Emergency Management Executive Academy and is an adjunct professor teaching both bioterrorism and public health preparedness and homeland security planning and policy at Towson University. Follow him on Twitter @chas_eby.