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13 things I learned working as a media relations specialist for FEMA

April 26, 2018
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
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Kroc Center
1000 N Keowee St
Dayton, OH 45404
http://kroc.salvationarmy.org/
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Steven Solomon was a media relations specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, retiring last November. Last year he deployed to Michigan, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. In 2016 he was deployed for five weeks as a FEMA PIO in Louisiana, first in New Orleans and then in Baton Rouge after severe storms and flooding there and then a month in Virginia Beach after severe storms and flooding there. In 2015 he spent three months in California as FEMA's lead PIO in the county hardest hit by the Valley Wildfire. He was also in Florida after Hurricane Debbie, in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina after Hurricane Irene.

Previously, he was public affairs officer for half a dozen years at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he was public relations director for three years at a heart and lung transplant center and for six years at a trauma center, both in New Jersey.

He is a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, serving for nearly a decade as CAP’s national public affairs officer and currently serves as CAP’s national public affairs training coordinator. He is a recipient of CAP's PAO of the Year Award, CAP’s premier national PAO recognition. 

Solomon is also a Red Cross volunteer PIO for the Dayton Area Chapter and previously volunteered for the Greater Phoenix Chapter and the Tampa Bay Chapter before that. He has written stories, talked to the media, and in Arizona served during drills and exercises in the State EOC and the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station’s Joint Information Center. 

He has graduated from the new Master Public Information Program at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Maryland. He is one of less than 25 nationwide who completed the full three-course series, which required students to design, develop, and implement a capstone research project to contribute to the public information body of knowledge.

He was the day shift Joint Information Center manager at the Multi-Agency Coordination Center for Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Ariz.

He worked his way through college (11 years at night) while writing for newspapers, and is very proud of his son, who finished college in less than half the time and earned two bachelor's degrees simultaneously.

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