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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Meet Our New Emergency Management Coordinator

Picture of Paul Harvey, Emergency Management Coordinator

The City of Lakeway would like to welcome Paul Harvey as the area's new Emergency Management Coordinator. Paul will work in coordination with the City of Lakeway, Bee Cave and Village of the Hills to develop, coordinate and implement emergency operation plans and operating procedures among the three cities. 

The Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for efficient and effective administration of a comprehensive emergency preparedness program by coordinating all of the components and activities of emergency preparedness with city departments and regional stakeholders. This includes county, federal, and state agencies, as well as the general public. The position also works to analyze and distribute information concerning natural and man-made emergencies and/or disasters, along with developing educational and community outreach strategies.

"This last year has shown that being prepared is critical not only for you, your family and our community, so by planning together, we can help our citizens and staff be ready before the next disaster occurs," Paul said. 

Paul comes to the area with extensive law enforcement experience and is a FEMA certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP). He has over twenty-five (25) years of combined experience in law enforcement and emergency planning with special emphasis on Emergency Management Programs, Emergency Planning, Law Enforcement, Physical Security, and Training/Exercises. He is a seasoned trainer and is credited with assisting in the development of Emergency Management Program and Standards for the Mass Transit Industry. Following 9/11, Paul was tasked to develop an Emergency Management/Homeland Security Division Plan for the 7th largest transit agency in the North America Authority. As the Commander of Emergency Preparedness, he was able to build a program that helped lead the agency in the post 9/11 world. 

Paul has not only served as Acting Assistant Chief of Police for Administration for the MARTA Police Department, but also as a TSA Mass Transit Security and Emergency Planning Advisor. In that role, he consulted on security issues for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. He also acted as a lead planner and directed law enforcement operations at one of the most critical transportation hubs during the 1996 Olympics. He was selected as a lead planner for the Atlanta Law Enforcement Regional Continuity of Operations (CONOP) Task Force following the Fulton County Court House shooting incident in Atlanta.

Paul also worked with local and state jurisdictions as the Emergency Management Coordinator for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio and formulated emergency plans including the agency Emergency Operations Plans (EOP), Standard Operations Procedures (SOP's) and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP).  He was responsible for developing training courses and providing homeland security training to both government and private sector employees.  

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

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