All posts by Brian

Brian views the big picture to find results that benefit all parties involved through pre-planning and proactive action. He can quickly formulate a plan that will work while making the decisions, and taking actions, to support the plan. He is proficient in the various aspects of Emergency Management, and exercises, including the documentation associated with HSEEP. He served as the Exercise Director for he Gunnison County Wide MCI Drill 2014 which included 36 agencies (both public emergency services, the school district, public health, and several volunteer agencies). He has served in the various roles of the ICS system during his career. Brian is also familiar with the requirements of the Joint Commission, and CMS, concerning emergency management. As a former Emergency Manager for a Critical Access Hospital (including EMS) he gained a wide variety of experience in the aspects of emergency management. His senior leadership experience covers multiple professional and volunteer positions. His educational achievements includes two AAS; Emergency Medical Services and Fire Service, and an AGS (Criminal Justice). He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Business Management. In addition he has completed many FEMA courses, including earning a Certificate of Achievement: Professional Development Series. He has also attended multiple courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. His curriculum vitae demonstrates that Brian is an adult learner who pursues, and enjoys, a wide variety of educational opportunities. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring. He is an avid outdoorsman and an active husband and father. He displays a can do attitude in the various aspects of his life, while using his humor to enjoy the journey. Brian would like the opportunity to discuss how his specific skills set will help grow your organization, and can be reached at

Food only

Had an interesting discussion with another person the other day. Their plan was to store food – no weapons. They believe that food would be a valuable commodity and they would be able to barter for protection. What do you think of this thought process?

Seasonal changes

Do you have seasonal changes factored into your plan?


What was the last class you went to concerning emergency preparedness?


Your physical fitness will count during an emergency.  Are you maintaining a physical fitness program?


The US is experiencing record high temperatures.  What are your plans to stay cool?


In some situations money may not be the way to achieve your needs.  What supplies do you have in your cache for bartering with?

Active Shooter

Here is a  video on Avoid Deny Defend.



Summer time is here.   Do you have enough sunscreen in your supplies?

What kind of sunscreen do you prefer?


Do you have a coffee pot that you can use without electricity in your supplies?

Phone numbers

Communications during an emergency is important.  During an emergency contacting people is a vital action. However, everyone wants to contact someone.  Generally the phone lines will be tied up for a period of time, especially cell phones.

Is your list of phone numbers current?  Have you written down the most important numbers in case your electronic device fails?  Have you identified which numbers are cell phones and which ones are land lines? And do you have an alternate plan for contacting people?