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The State Hazard Mitigation Plan is designed to reduce Alaska's vulnerability to disasters. Mitigation before disaster strikes is essential, as hazards in Alaska can not be eliminated. There will always be the potential for an earthquake or flooding. However, the amount of damage and destruction caused by these hazard events can be limited through mitigation. A long-term commitment to hazard mitigation, through the development and adoption of this plan, will make Alaska a safer place for Alaskan's to live and work.
The Alaska State Hazard Mitigation Plan was originally approved by FEMA in March of 2002 meeting the criteria of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and 44 CFR parts 210 and 206. The Plan is formally updated every five years by DHS&EM through consultation with the State Hazard Mitigation Advisory Committee. The current 2018 Plan is linked below. For more information, please contact Brent Nichols, the State Hazard Mitigation Officer.
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Mr. Michael "Mike" Sutton was appointed as acting director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) within the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on December 11, 2017. He was appointed Deputy Director on June 5, 2015.
Mr. Sutton started his career with the State of Alaska in November of 2005. Mike was the Exercise Program manager in the DHS&EM Preparedness Branch where he planned, coordinated, executed and evaluated the largest homeland security exercise in Alaska's history - Alaska Shield 07.
Following a highly successful exercise and after more than 28 years of public service, Mr. Sutton ventured into the private sector and started his own business. As president of Alaska's leading veteran-owned emergency management consulting firm, he won contracts for developing an Emergency Operations Plan for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic outpost at McMurdo Station, writing the Alaska Catastrophic Response Plan for FEMA Region X, creating the first Regional Tribal Response Plan for FEMA, and updating emergency operations plans for dozens of Alaska's borough's and communities.
Mr. Sutton retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 25 years of service with over 2,400 hours in the F-4E and RC-135 aircraft.
Mr. Sutton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University graduating in 1978, and completed post-graduate work in Leadership, Management, and Cultural Diversity. Mr. Sutton is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer's School, completed Air Command and Staff College, and is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman and can be found on most weekends with his wife Alisha on one of Alaska's many hiking trails or on their boat out in Prince William Sound. They have 3 grown children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Army Guard Road,
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