Firestorm Principal Appointed to College’s Emergency Management Program Advisory Committee

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Firestorm Principal, Ken Mercer, recently joined the efforts of creating a safe school and work environment at Frederick Community College (FCC) outside of Baltimore, Maryland. He was appointed to the college’s Emergency Management Program Advisory Committee in October of 2017. The committee’s mission is to provide the best educational program possible and strengthen the competencies of future emergency management professionals. The purpose of the committee is two-fold:

  1. To advise the school on the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of the community.
  2. To market the Emergency Management Program within the community.Crisis Management Ken Mercer

Located in Frederick, Maryland, FCC provides courses to more than 16,000 students every year in 85 degree and certificate programs. The college offers affordable tuition, comprehensive courses and convenient learning options for all students. The vision of FCC is to promote a premier, student-centered college. Their Emergency Management Education Program supports the safe, community environment they strive to possess. Ken will bring the perspective of the private sector to the committee that is primarily composed of professionals in government positions.

“Being one of the few members truly in the private sector in the crisis management marketplace, I provide a different perspective than a government representative. My goal is to promote preparedness. While disaster recovery is important, preparedness in advance of a crisis will minimize problems. I strive to ensure the college is better prepared.”

Ken is excited to bring a new perspective and the Firestorm PREDICT.PLAN.PERFORM.® methodology to another campus in the country.

Ken and his son, Ryan, joined the Firestorm team as Principals in 2015 and formed Crisis Averted LLC, a business consultancy serving the Baltimore metropolitan area and surrounding counties. Ken’s background began in the medical field when he obtained his degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University. He brings significant experience to the health industry business with a focus on hospitals and senior care centers. During his more than 30-year career, Ken has managed retail, nursing home and hospital pharmacies. His extensive operations management and lean principals experience provides clients with a global business perspective with a clear and profound connection to the impact on human well-being and safety.

Learn more about Ken’s perspective of crisis planning by attending one of our November webinar sessions. He will be discussing the effects of communicable illness in schools and the workplace with Firestorm Chief Intelligence Officer, Karen Masullo. The session, It’s Flu Season, Where’d Everyone Go? will dive into how to prepare if half your employees or students are absent due to an illness. View all webinar dates and times here.

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