Brandon Flynn with The Lakeland Center Receives
Florida Professional Emergency Manager Designation
The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association has certified Brandon Flynn, The Lakeland Center’s Guest Services, Security, and Parking Manager and Emergency preparedness Coordinator, as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) this past Thursday at their Annual Conference and workshop held in Daytona Beach, Fl. Brandon has worked for the City of Lakeland at The Lakeland Center for over 16 years. Brandon was responsible for ensuring The Lakeland Center was the first venue in the U.S. to receive both emergency preparedness designations (Lightning Ready Facility, Storm Ready Facility) from the National Weather Service in November of 2014. Brandon not only plays a vital role in the planning and execution of every event at The Lakeland Center, but he also is a key part of our city’s Special Event Management Team. The Special Events Team handles several major events throughout the year in the City of Lakeland, such as the Annual Christmas Parade, Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon, and the Sun-n-Fun Fly In. Brandon is a member of the State of Florida Region 4 Incident/Event Management Team, of which several members of the team deployed after Superstorm Sandy to the North East to assist.
This certification recognizes devoted individuals who possess advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within a comprehensive emergency management program. These programs can reside within the public or private sector. A FPEM has experience and knowledge of interagency and community wide participation in planning, coordination, and management functions designed to improve emergency management capabilities. A FPEM can effectively accomplish the goals and objectives of any emergency management program in all environments.
The FEPA Certification Program is designed to recognize individuals who possess the experience, knowledge, and skills to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program. The certification is not only recognizing emergency managers, but also emergency management partners in the public, private, and volunteer sectors who dedicate their time and efforts to the field of emergency management. The term “Comprehensive Emergency Management” means integrating all stakeholders by strengthening preparedness in all mission areas of emergency activity, for all types of disasters. The “comprehensive” aspect of Comprehensive Emergency Management includes all five mission areas to establish a capabilities-based approach to Preparedness. A capability provides the means to accomplish the mission of: Mitigation, Prevention, Protection, Response, and Recovery for all-hazards in a federal, state, local operating partnership. The certified individual has shown that they are capable of effectively accomplishing the goals and objectives of disaster/emergency/incident/event management in all the environments listed above.
The FEPA Certification Program has been in existence since 1999 and is managed by the FEPA Certification Commission with guidance from the Association’s Board of Directors. Commissioners include representatives of the seven (7) geographic regions, multiple emergency management disciplines and diverse professional affiliations. The Commission is devoted to ensuring a fair, equitable and conscientious review of each certification application. This program is the only one of its kind in the State of Florida and one of very few in the country.
Florida Professional Emergency Manager FPEM Criteria:
• Four (4) years direct comprehensive Emergency Management experience of which two (2) were attained in Florida
• Two (2) Florida exercises within the past five (5) years or two (2) actual disaster experiences within the past 10 years
• High School Diploma or GED
• 50 hours of approved general management training
• 150 hours of approved Emergency Management training of which 50 hours must have been attained in Florida in a classroom setting in the 5 mission areas which are Protection, prevention, Mitigation, Response, Recovery
• Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series Certificate of Completion
• At least Seven (7) Contributions to Emergency Management attained in Florida within the past 10 years. Teaching classes, speaking at conferences, technical specialist in the implementation of programs, special awards and recognition, leadership and participation in a legislative group or committee, evaluating and participating in tabletop and full scale exercises, disaster deployments, special events management, special incident management, incident management team participation, coordination and cooperation with local, state and federal partners.