Flagler County’s Emergency Management team distinguished themselves last week at the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s annual meeting by earning certifications and receiving high-ranking roles within the organization, according to a statement from the Flagler County Government.
Department director Jonathan Lord has been working towards having all members of his staff certified as Florida Professional Emergency Managers, as well as having the Flagler County Emergency Management program accredited. Planners Tiffany Islam and Nealon Joseph have just achieved these key certifications.
The Florida Professional Emergency Managers certification recognizes experienced emergency managers who possess diverse knowledge and skills to perform effectively based on experience, training, and contributions to the field, including disaster response, exercise planning, professional development, public engagement, and instructing according to the release.
Newly certified as a Florida Intermediate Instructor, Joseph was also elected to the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Board of Directors as the Area 3 Governor, representing the Northeast Florida region.
“I am very proud of Tiffany, Nealon, and the entire Emergency Management team who hold various certifications and leadership roles,” Lord said. Lord is stepping down from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s board after almost 10 years of service but was reappointed as the chair of the County Emergency Management Directors Working Group, a position he has held since 2019.
“Enabling our team to obtain certifications and seek leadership roles results in a much more experienced and robust emergency management program for Flagler County,” Lord said.