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Lisa DavisProgram Associate-LeadershipPhone: 501-519-5472Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Lisa Davis - April 26, 2022
Spring in Arkansas can be pleasant and mild; however, spring is also the primary severe
weather season in the state. In the April virtual session, LeadAR Class 19 heard how
the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) provides state-level leadership,
resources, and coordination for a comprehensive all-hazards approach to emergencies
and disasters impacting Arkansas.
Scott Bass, deputy director of ADEM's Response and Recovery, and a member of LeadAR
Class 19, shared a list of potential emergencies in Arkansas. These include:
Bass said ADEM is committed to assisting and supporting local jurisdictions in all
five core components of a comprehensive emergency management program: prevention,
protection, response, recovery and mitigation. ADEM area coordinators serve as a liaison
to local jurisdictions representing ADEM to promote and expand the role of emergency
management in Arkansas.
Did you know ADEM also operates and maintains the state’s public safety communications
system — Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN)? The objective of AWIN is to
ensure public safety personnel across all disciplines and jurisdictions can exchange
information seamlessly, as authorized, on demand, and in real-time. The system is
Bass shared details about funding programs available to support local preparedness
and mitigation efforts. Learn more here.
“ADEM employees guarantee timely and compassionate service to the residents of Arkansas
before, during, and after disaster. We will be there for you as ‘your partner in preparedness,"
Later in the day, Chad Johnston, protective security advisor-Arkansas for the Cybersecurity
and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), discussed critical infrastructure protection.
He shared a list of potential threats:
He said his role as a protective security advisor is to serve as a critical infrastructure
specialist and work with local governments and organizations to provide vulnerability
assessments, outreach, training, and information sharing.
Johnston said the United States is at risk of malicious cyberattacks. He shared that
all organizations must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber incidents. As the
nation’s cyber defense agency, CISA can help organizations prepare for, respond to,
and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks.
Visit the Shields Up website to get the latest updates or to sign up for free cyber hygiene services.
Toward the end of Class 19's day, Dr. Julie Robinson, an associate professor and LeadAR
director at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, shared information
and insights about how boards operate.
She described the three categories of duty for board membership and what a board does.
Boards are charged with the following responsibilities:
She said the primary reason to serve on a board is to meaningfully contribute to serving
an organization and its mission. Board membership can also expand a person’s network,
support initiatives that are important, be an intellectual challenge, and make one
better at her/his current job.
LeadAR is a program designed to help Arkansans broaden their understanding of issues
and opportunities facing our state and strengthen their ability to make a difference.
For more information about LeadAR, visit the website or contact Robinson, email@example.com, or Lisa Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org.