Pat Philbin

Crisis and Disaster Preparedness

Firestorm Expert Council member Pat Philbin is President & CEO of Crisis1, LLC, a Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) founded in 2007 to deliver executive-level expertise and solutions to federal and private sector clients.

Located in Northern Virginia, Crisis1 reduces risk and enhances company preparedness in today’s complex environment by developing policies, plans, people and platforms to enable rapid and measurable response, regardless of the challenge.

By focusing on leadership and core competencies, Crisis1 ensures C-level executives minimize the adverse effects of crises and capitalize on the opportunities that emerge for their companies, organizations and agencies. Crisis1 provides expert knowledge, audits/assessments, training, and, most importantly, direct personal experience in dealing with crises, and how to translate these into timely actions and preparation that will make a demonstrable difference in the ability of an organization to survive and thrive the chaos of the unexpected.

Pat has more than 25 years experience in communication and program management; government, congressional and public affairs; business development; and innovative leadership with top-level, senior government officials and company executives, including crisis communication, media relations, government relations and strategic planning.

Pat served as Director, Office of External Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina where he directed the Offices of Congressional Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, International Affairs and Public Affairs.

He also oversaw the Employee Communications Program as well as the Private Sector Office. 

Prior to joining FEMA, Pat worked for Anteon/General Dynamics Information Technology as a Technical Director where served as a consultant in strategic communication to the Department of Defense’s Business Transformation Agency directing and assisting in communication efforts to Capitol Hill, the Government Accountability Office, and the general public.

Pat served for more than 21 years in the Coast Guard, retiring as Chief of Public Affairs in 2004. Other notable staff assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief of the Coast Guard’s Strategic Analysis Staff, Press Assistant to the Commandant and Chief of Coast Guard Media Relations. Operational assignments include more than seven years of shipboard experience, including command of two Coast Guard cutters.

Pat holds a Doctorate in Communication from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He routinely speaks, lectures and trains on crisis management, leadership and related topics.