NEMA names new planning specialist

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency recently announced the appointment of John Cook as a hazard mitigation planning specialist in the agency's response and recovery section.

Cook previously served as a federal contractor with the Department of Homeland Security in Crofton, Md. In that position, he focused on training and exercises. Cook also worked in the emergency management programs of the University of Maryland College Park and Georgetown University. He was an instructor for the Community Emergency Response Training Program at Ananne Arundel County in Maryland.

Cook served for 10 years on the Prince William County volunteer fire department in northern Virginia.

He has a bachelor's degree in biology from East Carolina University and a master's in emergency management from the University of Maryland College.

Cook has professional certifications in emergency management from the International Association of Emergency Managers and he earned an associate business continuity professional certification through Disaster Recovery Institute International.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency seeks to reduce the vulnerabilities of the people and communities of Nebraska from the injury, damage and loss of life and property that result from technological, natural or man-made disasters and emergencies. NEMA is part of the state's Military Department and is run by Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, the state's adjutant general.