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Christian M. Van Alstyne

Wednesday, October 4 | Educational  Session | 4:30pm-5:30pm

Crisis Management Panelist

Chris Van Alstyne serves as the Region VII, Community Relations Service (CRS), Regional Director working with the States and Tribal Nations in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. His career includes a combination of Federal, State and military experience in the areas of preparedness, response, recovery, grants, training, and environmental response. Prior to joining the CRS team, Chris served as a Federal Coordinating Officer in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), assigned to Region VII, Kansas City, Missouri. In this capacity, he served as the representative of the President, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the FEMA Administrator during Presidentally declared disasters, coordinating Federal resources in support of State, Tribal and Local governments.

Chris has also served as an Incident Management Assistance Team Leader and in operations while deployed in response to Hurricane Sandy as well as the Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes. During disaster operations, Chris worked with community groups, faith based organizations, schools and volunteer groups to develop recovery goals and provide resources to disaster survivors and impacted communities. Between disaster deployments, Chris worked to increase mitigation efforts to build more resilient communities and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provided increased support to disaster operations.

His military career includes command, support to civil authorities, organization development, doctrine and policy development, liaison to civilian agencies and overseas assignments.

His interagency experience includes multiagency task force lead in support of the New Orleans Fire Department, EPA, US Coast Guard and State of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina; cooperative and training agreements with the FBI and Coast Guard; incident management team development, and State of Alaska grants and hazardous materials response.

Breakout Session Description: How to plan and how to react to crisis emergencies, whether it’s a food allergic reaction, earthquake or something more sinister. Are you prepared or more importantly are your attendees prepared?