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Emergency Management Expert Addresses How Officials Handled Hurricane Irma

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By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, EDM Digest

In a Sept. 13 interview with Tampa's Bay News 9 - EDM Digest’s founder Dr. Chris Reynolds describes how his local Tampa emergency disaster and management officials handled the monster storm Hurricane Irma. Did Florida get things right with Irma - compared to the catastrophe that was Hurricane Andrew in 1992? Watch the video below.

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About Dr. Chris Reynolds
EDM Digest Chris Reynolds
Dr. Chris Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds is a certified emergency manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO), and is a Chief Fire Officer designee (CFO) through the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Additionally, he holds the Military Emergency Management Senior Specialist (MEMS) badge. He is also a registered paramedic in the state of Florida.

Dr. Reynolds is the Dean, Academic Outreach & Program Development with American Public University System. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, serving in the United States Air Force as an emergency preparedness officer with the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).

Additionally, Dr. Reynolds served as a division fire chief and emergency manager for more than 33 years with a large metro-county fire-rescue organization. His emergency management experience includes the Oklahoma City bombing, hurricanes Andrew, Elena, Opal, and Katrina; the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill.

Glynn Cosker Glynn Cosker is the Managing Editor of EDM Digest. Glynn has more than 20 years of writing experience, and he’s the Managing Editor of EDM Digest's sister blog site: In Homeland Security. Born and raised in the U.K., he began his career in government and spent 12 years working in the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Washington – attaining the rank of Vice Consul in the late 1990s. Glynn and his family live in New England.