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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:44

FEMA Releases PrepTalk on Public Works & Emergency Management: Restoring Lifeline Services

WASHINGTON — FEMA and its partner organizations today released Philip R. Mann’s PrepTalk “Public Works & Emergency Management: Restoring Lifeline Services,” the fourth PrepTalk release from the Sept. 6, 2018 symposium.

Mann is the Public Works Director for Gainesville, Florida. He is the past Chair of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Emergency Management Committee and is APWA’s representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee, which is working on the FirstNet project.

In his PrepTalk Mann shares a career’s worth of public works experience, including response and recovery from many disasters. Mann explains that the lifelines managed by a public works department are essential to "allow the community to survive" before and after a disaster. These systems include transportation; supporting utilities to restore power and communications; water for homes, businesses, and fire suppression; waste and stormwater management; and solid waste management including debris removal.

His PrepTalk, a discussion guide, and additional resources are available at www.fema.gov/preptalks/mann. Additional PrepTalks from the Sept. 6 symposium held in Washington, D.C. will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.