Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024.

In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness. Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases, mistakes or subpar performance are likely.

Learn about this author’s new acronym that can help prioritize mental health in the planning process.

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Andrew (Andy) Altizer

Andrew (Andy) Altizer has over 20 years of emergency management planning experience and another 10 years of planning experience in the military. He is the emergency preparedness coordinator for The Westminster Schools and a Criminal Justice instructor at Georgia State University. Previously, he was the director of emergency management at Kennesaw State University and director of emergency preparedness at Georgia Institute of Technology. He also served as the critical infrastructure protection program manager at the Georgia Office of Homeland Security. In the U.S. Army, his roles included inspector general, public affairs officer, artillery commander, and plans and operations officer.



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