Nov. 12, 2013 (Falls Church, Va.) — Bruce Lockwood, CEM, deputy director of emergency management for the Town of New Hartford, has taken office as 2013-2014 president of the USACouncil of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA). He was sworn in at the Annual Conference in Reno, Nev. Also sworn in were IAEM-USA First Vice President John “Rusty” Russell and IAEM-USA Second Vice President Robie Robinson, CEM.
Upon taking office, Lockwood asked members to think about the strength of the network just in the room, and then think about the people that were not at the tables. “The strength of IAEM is our networking…and this is what I believe in,” he stated. “ I can’t believe the number of people in this room that I have personal relationships with outside the box that I normally work in simply because I joinedIAEM. This is membership value!”
Lockwood, a Canton resident, served for 15 years as the director of emergency management/fire marshal for the Town of Canton, where he chaired the Canton School District All Hazard Committee, and seven years as the emergency response coordinator for the Bristol Burlington Health District, where he managed the district’s 2009 H1N1 response. He is a founding member and served as the first president of the Connecticut Emergency Management Association.
Lockwood is the chair of the Capitol Region Emergency Planning Committee, serving 41 communities in Connecticut’s Greater Hartford area. He serves on the Connecticut Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee, and served on the Connecticut Children’s Emergency Preparedness Committee which he chaired from December 2011 until January 2013.
Lockwood has national experience through his service in advisory capacity. From Feb. 2007-April 2011, he served on the National Commission on Children in Disasters where he chaired the Subcommittee on Evacuation, Transportation and Housing. The Commission released reports to the President and Congress in Oct. 2009, May 2010 and Oct. 2010. He served as the subject matter expert in the development of FEMA’s L366 Planning for Children in Disasters class, as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s, Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities document.
Lockwood is currently employed by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service as a course content expert and adjunct faculty for the development of a new course, Pediatrics Disasters, which began piloting in October 2013. He is a response volunteer for Children’s Disaster Services based in New Winsor, Md.
Lockwood is a Certified Emergency Manager® through the International Association of Emergency Managers. He served two terms as the IAEM-USA Region 1 President (Nov. 2007-Nov. 2011) and chaired the IAEM-USA Children and Disasters Ad Hoc Committee.