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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Alaska Emergency Management’

Our Arctic Circle state and climate change tip of the spear.

The latest in a series of podcasts on state-level emergency management programs. Check out this Disaster Zone podcast: “Alaska Emergency Management.”

Alaska is definitely not a “cookie cutter” state. It has a unique geopolitical situation from how the state is organized and its role as being our representative on the Arctic Circle.

From a hazard perspective, I think they have them all!

Here’s the podcast description:

“Alaska is a huge state with many different hazards and challenges. It is very remote and on the Arctic Circle. It is also on the forefront of climate change impacts to its land and its people. In this podcast I interview the Alaska Emergency Management Director. Bryan began his career in emergency management in 1995 with the Alaska Division of Emergency Services. Since that time, he has served in numerous roles including emergency communications technician, microcomputer/network specialist, information management, alert, and warning systems coordinator, information technology manager, Chief of Preparedness, Chief of Operations, and Director.

“Bryan was appointed by Governor Mike Dunleavy to serve as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in April of 2021. As Director, he provides executive leadership of the Division, ensuring it leads the way in homeland security and emergency management to foster a prepared, resilient Alaska capable of meeting the needs of its communities and citizens in response to all-hazards events. You can find out more about Alaska Emergency Management at:”
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.