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Responder Ready is a Disaster Preparedness awareness program targeted to Alaska first responders and their families. First responders include fire, police, troopers, VPSO, EMS, health care, emergency management, public health, health aide, public works, National Guard and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.
Responders have a responsibility to provide essential services to respond to the impacts of disaster on the community. In order to provide these essential services, responders must take appropriate steps to prepare themselves and their families for disasters, so that they may be able to perform their jobs when a disaster strikes.
The Responder Ready program provides awareness training on why responders and their families need to be prepared, guidance on organizational preparedness, family emergency planning, and assembling emergency kits.
The Responder Ready “Tool kit” is provided below. A typical Responder Ready presentation is 1.5 hours, and includes a Powerpoint presentation by one or two DHS&EM Outreach personnel, a family emergency planning package, a demonstration emergency kit, and a “Responder Relay” activity. The presentation is tailorable to an organization’s needs with regard to venue, time, and material covered.
Request a Responder Ready Training Event: Contact Jeff Lafferty or Jeremy Zidek at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (907)428-7078.
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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