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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Working With Legislators to Promote Disaster Resilience’

Check out the benefits of working with elected officials.

Emergency managers can take on many different roles. We have our day-to-day job and all that entails. Associated with your daily tasks, it is also appropriate that emergency managers work with their elected officials at all levels of government.

I think you will find this Disaster Zone podcast, “Working with Legislators to Promote Disaster Resilience,” of interest to you. It describes how one very small county emergency management director has had an outside influence by making legislative relationships part of his duties.

Podcast Description:

“One of the additional duties for emergency managers at the local level is to make and maintain connections with local and state elected officials. This is not everyone’s “cup of tea” but it can be a vital aspect of having a disaster management program that enjoys the support of legislators.

“Scott McDougall, is the Director of the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency. Pacific county is basically a rural county with a small population that swells by the tens of thousands when vacationers descend on its beaches. Scott has made a concerted effort to establish and maintain good relationships with his county commissioners and state and federal elected officials, to include Washington’s Senators back in D.C. In this podcast he describes his approach to doing the above. Perhaps, you too might find it meaningful and productive to do the same where you are located here in the United States. Check out what he has to say on the topic.”
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.