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Brock Long is executive vice president of Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management consulting firm, and a former director of Alabama's Emergency Management Agency, where he served as state coordinating officer for 14 disasters. He developed Alabama’s response to the H1N1 influenza and served as the state's on-scene incident commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Previously, Long worked as a regional hurricane planner for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a FEMA Response Liaison Team leader to the National Hurricane Center, and as a statewide school and university safety coordinator in Georgia. He also served as the private-sector chairman of the the National Emergency Management Association.

Long is a graduate of the executive leadership program offered by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and his master's degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.

December 13, 2016

After the Next Sandy Hook

While it's important to train first responders, we also need to be ready to deal with survivors, their families and the loved ones of victims.