Increasing Severe Weather: How Two Counties Tackle a Growing Problem

According to the National Weather Service, nearly 530 people were killed by severe weather incidents in 2018. Regardless of where they are located, emergency management teams face emerging challenges while trying to improve their emergency response to an increasing amount of natural disasters.

Missoula County in Montana and Montgomery County in Texas may be located in vastly different areas of the U.S., but emergency management teams in both locations are paving the way for innovative incident preparation and response.

Watch the webinar recording to learn how the two communities are harnessing technology to build out a robust plan for response, proactively collaborate with residents and facilitate better communication among responders and their region at large. 

Meet the Speakers:

Cynthia JamiesonCynthia Jamieson
Planner / Public Information Officer
Montgomery County (TX) Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Cynthia Jamieson is a Planner and the Public Information Officer for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Montgomery County. She received her B.A. in Communication-Public Relations/Advertising from the University of Houston. She has worked in county government for 10 years. She and her husband Chad raise their two children in Magnolia, TX. She recently ran for political office in Montgomery County. This experience sparked a larger interest in political ventures in Cynthia and now she is working on producing a voter guide/political blog for Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

Andrea Wilson

Andrea Wilson
Community Relations Manager
Montgomery County (TX) Emergency Communication District

Andrea Wilson moved to Texas in 2012 and began working for Montgomery County Emergency Communication District. Prior to relocating she was a teacher and administrator in one of the largest school districts in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role as the Community Relations Manager she works alongside public safety agencies to develop and implement programs focused on 9-1-1 education and serves as the public relations contact providing support to Montgomery County Emergency Communication District in the community.  Ms. Wilson’s experience in education has resulted in many accomplishments for 9-1-1. These include working with state legislators to pass Kari’s law, cultivating numerous partnerships with local public safety agencies and community education programs, obtaining grants from national companies and creating the first week long 9-1-1 Junior First Responders Camp. A graduate of Leadership Montgomery County, Andrea assisted in creating a local non-profit benefitting her community. She is the past President of the Public Educators of Texas and is the President for the Texas Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association.


Nick HollowayNick Holloway
Projects Coordinator
Missoula County (MT) Office of Emergency Management

Nick Holloway has been with the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management since 2012. He has an active role in the emergency operations center and joint information center. Nick developed and coordinates Missoula County’s Volunteer and Donations Management program and facilitates Missoula County’s Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) program, both of which were activated during the busy 2017 wildfire season and the 2018 Missoula County Floods. Nick also serves as a public information officer on the Western Montana Incident Management Team, a type 3 all-hazards IMT. As a PIO, Nick has deployed locally, regionally and nationally to work on wildfires, winter weather emergencies, flooding and a hurricane.

Ken ParksKen Parks
Deputy Director
Missoula County (MT) Office of Emergency Management

Ken has been with the Missoula County Department of Emergency Services since 2017. In that time, he has helped his community with some of its greatest natural disaster challenges to date, including an intense fire season and the second worst flooding in the area since 1908. He has also worked as a wildland firefighter with the State of Montana since 1994.

Host:

Noah ReiterNoah Reiter
MPA, ENP,  Vice President of Customer Success
Rave Mobile Safety

Noah and his team are responsible for ensuring customer engagement with Rave’s solutions and, ultimately, their ability to impact emergency response, communications and safety through technology. He has previously served in various public sector and public safety roles, including Assistant City Manager for the City of Sandy Springs (GA), EMS Director for Grady Health System (Atlanta), and as the Director of EMS, Security, and Emergency Preparedness for Lenox Hill Hospital (NYC).  Noah holds a bachelor's degree from Rice University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Houston. He has been with Rave for over 6 years.