Emergency Management Community Planning
for Civil Unrest and Protests

August Vernon
Operations Officer, Office of Emergency Management
Forsyth County, North Carolina

July 25, 2012

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Related Web Resources:
FEMA/USFA Report of the Joint Fire/Police Task Force on Civil Unrest
"Safe Response to Civil Unrest Incidents" article by August Vernon
Center for Domestic Preparedness Field Force Command and Planning Course
Firefighters Support Foundation course "Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest"

1/27/11 EMForum program "Mass Shootings: Planning and Response Awareness"

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25 Ratings Submitted
4 (16%) Academia 3 (12%)
18 (72%) Business 6 (24%)
1 (4%) Government 11 (44%)
2 (8%) Volunteers 3 (12%)
0 (0%) Other 2 (8%)
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"Topic is very timely in light of recent events. August is very knowledgeable and can share his insight in a comprehensive and useful manner. Thank you for the opportunity to attend."
Teresa Newsome

"Probably more useful for public sector emergency management personnel; however, I was interested because of personal experience in large protests such as during the G20 Summits in London, Toronto and the recent NATO Summit in Chicago."

"Great job!"

"August Vernon's presentations are always worthwhile. Good topic and good discussion."

"Planning to use transcript to do briefing training with patrol officers."
Lt Ron
University of Alaska Police

"Good overview of civil unrest and the problems public safety may encounter to help in pre-planning issues and coordination with agencies."
Ricky Shellenbarger
Sedgwick County EM

"Good answers to questions."

"Too much repetition of the obvious and very little to think about."

"Good briefing on considerations for Civil Unrest."

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August Vernon is currently the Operations Officer for the Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management (NC). August returned to his position in 2005 at Emergency Management after a year in Iraq as a security contractor conducting route clearance and long-range convoy security operations for the U.S. Army. Vernon has been employed in Emergency Management for eleven years and also served as a paid member of the fire service and a fire service instructor. He also served in the U.S. Army as a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Operations Specialist for 4 years.

August has given over 160 multi-agency presentations at classroom sessions, field training events, conferences, workshops, and seminars over the past 12 years. Mr. Vernon teaches courses in Incident Management, Mass Violence/Mass Shootings, Emergency & Crisis Management and Terrorism Planning-Response. August provides critical incident and crisis management planning and training at the local, regional, state and federal level.

August is a writer and member of the IFSTA WMD/Terrorism Committee. Since 2004 he has served as technical reviewer for the development of seven different public safety training films produced by the Emergency Film Group. August has also presented in several public safety training films. He has also written over 40 nationally published articles and is also author of the First Responders Critical Incident Field Guide published by Red Hat Publishing.

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