June 2022 Mid-Florida Chapter Virtual Meeting - The Great Global Equalizer
Guest Speaker: Adam Montella, MPA, CHS-V, CMP
Topic: The Great Global Equalizer
Please join Mid-Florida Chapter's own Board Member, Adam Montella as he discusses the universal planning failures of COVID-19 and the innovations and lessons learned that will prepare your organization for whatever comes next.
Globally, no individual, organization, government, or private sector plan was built to deal with the myriad issues and consequences presented by COVID-19. Universally, we plan for and fund initiatives to fix what went wrong in the response to yesterday’s disasters, not the potential of future disasters. Montella will highlight some of the common planning, policy, and resource gaps across all sectors, innovations and best practices that emerged out of necessity, and provide clear guidance on changing the paradigm for the next inevitable and novel disaster.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022; 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET
Location: ZOOM Meeting
About the Speaker
Adam Montella, MPA, MHS-V, CMP is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, speaker, and writer on numerous topics relating to emergency management, business continuity, physical and cyber security, homeland security, public health, disaster response, and recovery. With 35 years of direct disaster experience, Mr. Montella has worked at or as an advisor to local, state, and federal government agencies, private industry, and non-government organizations.
As the Senior Vice President of Planning and Analysis for the Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL), Adam provides program and project management leadership and guidance to government and private sector clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has led the development of hundreds of After-Action Reports for major exercises and real-world incidents and National Security events, which include the hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, civil unrest, active shooter, aviation and aerospace incidents, and the COVID-19 AARs for the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, four states, twenty local governments, and Fortune 100 companies.
Adam serves on the board of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the ACP and has served on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) National Advisory Council (NAC), as the Human Services Branch Chief for the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT), a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Private Sector Intelligence Analyst Program, FEMA’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), the ESFS-6 (Mass Care) lead at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and as a Mass Care Officer for the American Red Cross. He is currently a member of the Department of Energy’s Emergency Management Special Interest Group, the Curriculum Review and Editorial Boards for the American Public University System (APUS) and American Military University (AMU) and will be joining the Student Advisory Board at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the Fall.
Adam’s experience is underscored by serving in senior leadership positions on well over 100 presidentially declared disasters including the COVID-19 Federal Vaccination mission, Hurricanes Maria, Andrew, Hugo, and Katrina, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the anthrax release at the U.S. Capitol.
Adam holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Administration, as well as attending both Police and Emergency Medical Services Academies. Adam is a FEMA Master Planner and Master Continuity Practitioner and holds more than 40 FEMA, DOD, DOJ, and Red Cross instructor and instructor trainer certifications.