Doug Douglass, Lead Training Specialist/SME

W. Doug Douglass is a Lead Training Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for Bracken Engineering, Incorporated’s Public Safety Specialists (PSS) division.  He is available as an instructor, planner, and as a resource to PSS’s clients. Doug has more than 27 years of experience in emergency preparedness and response including 22 years with the American Red Cross where he ultimately served as the Regional Director of Internal Support Services for Florida’s West Coast Region. He was responsible for the all logistical and technological support of Disaster Services for the region which covered 8 counties. 


Doug also serves as the Interim Chair for HELP, Inc. a 501c3 that is Hillsborough County’s Long Term Recovery Organization, which is now partially active to support clients with long term recovery needs in Hillsborough county due to the 2016 storms. Doug has been very active throughout his career as a community leader serving as the first elected Chairman of the Pinellas Hillsborough Pasco Community Organizations Active in Disaster (PHPCOAD) where he was on the founding board of the organization he led for six years. 


From 2007 through 2010, Doug was the program manager for the American Red Cross participation in the “Serving Persons with Disabilities in Shelters: Practical Solutions for Effective Collaboration and Training.” This project produced a pilot teaching program for Volunteer Florida to raise awareness for any type of shelter worker from any agency about serving persons with disabilities in shelters. This collaboration created a set of training materials which was the basis for a training tool kit that was released state-wide. 


Doug has received numerous awards, including recognition for his long-term collaboration on this project in 2010 from The Tampa Mayor’s Alliance - Award for Outstanding Service and Excellence while serving persons with disabilities.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Disaster response, project management, client and relationship management, grants management, crisis communications, strategic advising, training, technical writing

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