Biography

Vincent B. Davis

Author, Consultant, Emergency Manager

Vince Davis has over four decades of diverse experience in emergency and crisis management, and business continuity. He has served numerous roles in the U.S. military, government, disaster relief, and corporate environments, and currently serves as Director of Disaster Services for Feeding America, and is Founder-President of Preparedness Matters, LLC.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Vince served as an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War. Following active duty service, he joined the Illinois National Guard as a public information specialist, where he served for 19-years, retiring in 2001. The following year, Vince joined FEMA as External Affairs and Community Relations Cadre Manager, where he led field teams in response to 11 Presidential disasters including Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. After leaving FEMA, Vince served as regional preparedness manager for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, and as project manager for the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, where he was responsible for overseeing development of the Regional Catastrophic Incident Coordination Plan for 14 counties in the region. In 2011, Vince joined Walgreens Co. as corporate Manger of Emergency Preparedness and Response, developing disaster plans and frameworks for the company’s 8,600 U.S. stores and facilities. He served in similar roles at Sony PlayStation, and later at Amazon, where he developed plans for workforce and workplace disaster preparedness and response for the company’s Seattle HQ locations. Vince continues to pursue his passion of preparing underserved communities through his Preparedness Matters LLC, which he formed in 2012, following publication of his first book; Lost and Turned Out – A Guide to Preparing Underserved Communities for Disasters. In 2016 Vince co-authored the, Emergency Guidebook for Broadcasters Serving Indian Country with Native Public Media. He also authored, The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook, (2017) in collaboration with several native organizations. Vince serves on the Scholarship Commission and Diversity Caucus for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He is an advisory board member for the Homeland Security Center of Excellence at Pierce College WA, and lifetime member of the Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA) International. A sought-after subject-matter-expert, h e has appeared in numerous emergency management forums as a speaker and expert panelist. Vince is the father of five adult children and grandfather of eight. Heand his wife Marialivein the Chicagoarea.

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Companies

• Walgreens

• Sony

• Amazon

Government Agencies

• FEMA

• Illinois National Guard

Non-Government

• Save-A-Life Foundation

• American Red Cross

• Feeding America

Disaster Consulting

• Science Applications International Corporation

• Preparedness Matters

Affiliations

• Black Emergency Managers Association (Lifetime Member)

• Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

• Homeland Security Center of Excellence Pierce College (Advisory Board)

• Journal of Emergency Management (Advisor)

Credentials

• BSDegree – Emergency Mgt, Harris University

• Certified Emergency Manager (IAEM)

• National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)

• FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner

Publications

• Lost and Turned Out – A Guide to Preparing Underserved Communities for Disasters (Amazon 2012)

• Emergency Guidebook for Broadcasters Serving Indian Country (Native Public Media 2016)

• The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook (Heritage Publishing 2017)