Homeland Security trains thousands of Americans at this facility each year to enhance the ability of communities to manage significant emergencies and disasters, both manmade and natural.
Clark completed the Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Public Information Officers Course in Emmitsburg, Md., on April 4.
This advanced course builds on the foundations established in Basic Public Information Officers by focusing on public information responsibilities in large-scale emergencies.
This is accomplished through a series of lectures and simulation exercises. Lecture topics include legal issues, risk communication, interpersonal skills, effective communication in emergencies, media relations and use of the joint information system. Participants participate in a simulation exercise.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.
Clark has served as the public information officer for The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service for the past six years.
He is also a paramedic and has been in the emergency business for 29 years.
“Our local media does an outstanding job. I have been fortunate over the past few years to have developed great relationships with our local newspaper and all of the Chattanooga television news outlets,” Clark said.