Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Getting to Know Your Emergency Management Team

What is Emergency Management?

Emergency management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks, particularly those that have catastrophic consequences for communities, regions, or entire countries. It is the dynamic process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions. Effective emergency management relies on the integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government, including individuals and community organizations.

The Office of Emergency Management Staff:

Amanda Meneses:

As the Emergency Manager, Amanda provides strategic guidance and oversight to four program areas in the application of an all-hazards emergency management program. These programs include the emergency operations center, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Amanda’s focus is on ensuring that the City of Southlake can thrive in any emergency situation that the City may face. She works jointly with other city, state, federal and non-governmental entities in the execution of this mission.

Previously, Amanda served as a Federal Emergency Telecomunicator Supervisor in Washington D.C. In this role she had primary responsibility dispatching for several federal law enforcement and fire agencies around the Nation’s Capital; coordinated internal training and communications; and served as a project manager for new and sensitive initiatives, including the roll-out of a new CAD system.  Amanda also did emergency dispatch for Kitsap County, outside of Seattle, Washington prior to moving to the D.C. area.

Amanda started her career in the United States Navy, serving 14 years.  Her main function was military police/working dog handler.  Amanda has worked both drug and explosive trained canines.  She served both stateside and in Europe, with 3 deployments to the Middle East.  Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management from Kaplan University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Jett Tullos:

Jett is the Emergency Management Specialist for the City of Southlake. Starting his position in Fall 2018, Jett began development of a city-wide continuity of operations plan (COOP), as well as the revitalization of a community emergency response team (CERT) among other emergency management practices to help improve the readiness and resiliency of the Southlake community.

Previously, he served in the same position at Texas Woman’s University based in Denton, TX. In this role he supervised the growth of a new Business Continuity program, as well as managing overall public education efforts for the TWU System campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. In this position, he also partnered with private and public entities to assist in response efforts for members of TWU-Houston impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Jett holds a BS in Environmental Science from Tarleton State University and a MPA with a specialization in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas.