Levy Emergency Director completes FEMA course

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Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald graduated the FEMA National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Aug. 18 after completing 160 hours of course study. The academy is one of the most demanding programs FEMA offers and includes "Best Practices" in leadership, preparedness and response to disasters.

The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy reinforces qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and utilizes appropriate case studies. Advanced Academy participants worked within a collaborative environment on projects and established a network of peers.

The academy is designed for emergency management mid-level managers with a minimum of three years-experience in an emergency management position. Students learn skills critical to performing their responsibilities, such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration and strategic thinking, along with completing a research project one month prior to attending the final course.

The research project provided MacDonald the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking ability. He applied the key learning concepts from the Advanced Academy curriculum relative to his own strengths and weaknesses, his organization, and his own performance environment.