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Jim has spent 3 decades in emergency management, including 12 years at the local level as director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and 8 and a half years as Washington State’s Emergency Management Division Director. Jim retired from state service in March 2013. Jim also served as President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) from January 2011 to October 2012. He is currently sole proprietor of “EM Northwest Consulting” based in Seattle.

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Leaders R’ Us – April 2020

Leaders R’ Us By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Historians are fascinated with leaders that guided their constituents through a daunting crisis. Likewise, they are similarly fascinated by leaders whose judgment and political skill resulted in legislative success that had eluded their predecessors. It’s certain historians will scrutinize and evaluate the leadership models [...]

Resilience: Bending Without Breaking – March 2020

Resilience: Bending Without Breaking By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed To “bend but not break” may seem more like a description of a National Football League team’s defensive strategy - keeping the opponent’s offense between the 20 - yard lines, never yielding a touchdown. While a field goal still is possible three points [...]

It’s Dusk in America – February 2020

It’s Dusk in America By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Consider this: “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged.” William O Douglas Everything in our nation may seem “normal”. The Super Bowl happened. Pitchers and catchers will report [...]

Government’s Trust Deficit: A Possible Antidote – January 2020

Government’s Trust Deficit: A Possible Antidote By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed It’s always challenging to affirm to Congress that public funds invested to improve individual and family preparedness are effective. I know, I’ve tried. Legislators have choices in authorizing and appropriating federal dollars. They are right to ask if emergency management is [...]

The Problem with Disaster Exercises – December 2019

The Problem with Disaster Exercises By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Emergency managers don’t conduct disaster exercises to show off, but to learn, then apply what we learned. That’s often made more difficult than it has to be. Factors that impede an exercise The senior elected official bails out” – sending a surrogate [...]

The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell – August 2019

Now for Something Completely Different: The Story I Was Never Asked To Tell By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Since September 2015, "Emergency Management Once Removed" has served as a monthly commentary on current local, regional and national emergency management and/or homeland security issues, drawing on my experiences during 12 years as Director [...]

Give “Electeds” Their Due – July 2019

Give “Electeds” Their Due By Jim Mullen Emergency Management, Once Removed Emergency managers often scorn the intrusion of "politics" or "politicians" into their work. Untimely "special" requests during regular business and even during a crisis feed the instinct of most emergency managers to "lay low" in a political environment. The inappropriate intrusion of Executive [...]

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