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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Becoming a Local Emergency Management Director’

We have thousands of counties and cities in the United States. Each of them should have someone designated as the local emergency management director.

If you aspire to become one someday, this Disaster Zone podcast might give you some ideas. It is an interview with a local emergency manager who only recently assumed his leadership role.

Podcast description:

“Many an emergency manager aspires to become a local emergency management director for a city or county. One such individual who has only recently become a local director is Kyle Bustad, Manager for the Thurston County Emergency Management.

“In this podcast we discuss his approach to taking over the reins of an agency and what he sees as the challenges and hopes for moving forward as a local director. Kyle is well spoken, and I know you will enjoy hearing what he has to share.

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Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.