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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


COOP stands for Continuity of Operations Plan. This is basically a plan on how you will conduct “business” during an emergency or disaster. On a personal level you will still need to conduct some “business”. Do you have a plan on how you will take care of your business?

Travel safety

Having a small duffel bag / back pack in your car with some some essential items during the winter is a good practice. What would you include in your bag?

Las Vegas

It is with deep regret that we lost lives in another mass shooting.

Our thanks to the many heroes that were there to save the day.

Floods and fires

Across the news is the images of flood devastation. In Montana there are still fires burning. Needless to say there are a number of emergencies that can happen.

Part of the planning process should include addressing events that are likely to happen in your area. However, the basic plan should be broad enough to cover all kinds of emergencies. We may not know what kind of event may happen – but we can plan for some things to occur when it does.

Here are some things that you should plan for (note this list is just a number of suggestions): Water shortages, Electrical outages, Communications failures, and a general Lack of essential resources. You should also plan for alternate means of travelling.

Look at your plans and see what you have. Then listen to the victims of these recent events and learn what type of problems they were/are facing. Adjust your plan to cover for those types of obstacles. Then send a donation of some sort to a relief agency that is helping those victims.


Boredom can be part of an emergency. If you are waiting for other things to happen you may become very bored. Do you have a plan to overcome boredom?

Surprising use of your dish washer.

Saw a trick on Facebook today. Put valuables in your dishwasher during flooding – Its water proof and has some structural integrity to it.


Recently there have been a lot of water in Texas. Many of those people did not consider flood insurance. Do you have flood insurance?

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?