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The State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) supports local and regional government in proactive efforts to develop debris removal operations as part of their overall emergency management plan. Communities with a plan to clear, remove, and dispose of large-scale debris from Alaska’s storms, floods, fires, and other disasters are better prepared to manage this important mission, as well as successfully partner with state, federal, and other organizations.
In 2011, the DHS&EM Operations Section prepared introductory presentations on debris management for the Fall Preparedness Conference held October 3 – 7, 2011 in Anchorage. Click below for each presentation:
In 2009, the State of Alaska funded the Alaska Statewide Debris Management Planning Project to address this important mission. The project was comprised of four tasks: 1) the coordination and planning used to provide an overview of state and federal debris management operations; 2) basic debris management guidelines along with templates for single- and multi-jurisdictional debris management plans; 3) FEMA hazard debris estimation models for selected jurisdictions; and 4) the Statewide Debris Management Plan (SDMP). Click below for each section::
Below you will find helpful references on debris management from state, federal, non-profit organizations, and other agencies. Click below for each document:
Debris management is constantly in the national and international media. The debris generated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, and other recent disasters continue to challenge emergency management officials worldwide. We can learn a great deal on debris management from past efforts and apply the lessons learned to our situation in Alaska. Helpful information on several debris-related topics is provided below. DHS&EM will periodically add new documents or web links to this page so check this section regularly for new items. Click below to review each document:
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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