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Derrick Dortch discusses homeland security and emergency management in D.C. with Chris Geldart

In a recent edition of Fed Access by Federal News Radio, IWP career director Derrick Dortch interviewed Chris Geldart, director of D.C’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and also the interim director of the office of unified communications of DC. 

Mr. Geldart spoke first about the work of HSEMA, which does work to solve emergencies and prepare for future possible problems. Mr. Geldart shared that his agency works with many agencies that are around and in D.C. 

Mr. Dortch then asked Mr. Geldart about all the emergencies that are managed by these different agencies. He mentioned that the agency takes care of all the emergencies that the District is not expecting, for example, major flooding, snowstorms, and hurricanes. Mr. Geldart mentioned that if they are not working on reconstructing infrastructure to help people, they are actually out in the field researching and working on how to help prevent any of these major disasters.

Close to the end, Mr. Geldart recommended downloading the free app, Alert DC.  This app, created by his agency, actually sends notifications to your phone about things that are happening around the District. Mr. Geldart suggested two key tips to have a better community: first, to download the app to know what is going on at all times and be informed about major events. Second, Mr. Geldart suggested that it is important to be aware and take care of your respective neighbors so you can form a more friendly community in case a big disaster happens.

Mr. Geldart served in the U.S. Marine Corps for twelve years, before studying at University of Maryland, College Park. Since he graduated, he has worked with Booz Allen, Homeland Security, FEMA, and in the government of the District of Columbia, where he works currently. 

To listen to the show, please visit: http://federalnewsradio.com/fed-access/2015/11/homeland-security-emergency-management-in-dc/