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Dakota Duncan

Mr. Duncan currently serves as the Emergency Management Program Director for the Indiana National Guard in addition to serving as an advisor for the Senior military and government leaders. Mr. Duncan has served in multiple consulting and senior advisor roles for Federal and State government agencies and has held General and Command staff positions on three major declared disasters in the United States and served in support roles for two International relief operations. A firefighter/Paramedic by trade, he continues to contribute to the profession and is the author of various academic papers and further serves as a Paramedic textbook author/editor for paramedic textbooks. He published his first book Behind The Badge in 2015. While only being in his mid-twenties, Mr. Duncan has achieved Senior/Executive level positions, oversaw multi-million dollar budgets, and has had direct reporting staff in excess of 200. He continues to guest lecture at universities across the nation and serves in various consulting roles to public safety and emergency management agencies
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Hackers and Homeland Security

Posted by Dakota Duncan on January 9, 2018

When Anonymous took international attention related to hacktivism, government and fortune 500 companies took notice. A new generation of cyber warriors was able to hold national governments and multi-billion dollar companies at bay and exploit their vulnerabilities in the name of modern day Robin Hoods. Now there is a lot of opinions and speculation regarding the idea of Anonymous and similar groups claiming to be activist, whether or not they are in fact domestic terrorist or simply looking out for the average citizen. From the U.S. Presidential elections to exposing corrupt corporate moguls, Anonymous has made a name for themselves. Working closely with counter-terrorism and intelligence experts, I have gained valuable insight into such groups from the National Security perspective and from the perspective of the groups themselves. Seeing this modern battleground from both sides, I am partial to believe that the motives behind each battlefront are actually fairly similar and if combined to a common objective, could benefit both sides.

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Topics: counter-terrorism, hacktivism, disaster mangement professionals, cyber attack, hackers, homeland security, cyber protection

Emergency Management: How to Communicate with Vulnerable Populations

Posted by Dakota Duncan on January 3, 2018

Vulnerable populations have long presented issues in emergency management and public safety. The concept of having to not only communicate with those who have language barriers, but also trying to get them to commit to an action is difficult.

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Topics: public safety communication barrieres, state-wide response, mass warning notification system

Emergency Operation Centers 2.0

Posted by Dakota Duncan on October 10, 2017

In my last article Equipping the Emergency Operations Center I discussed the importance of the EOC, some of the innovation that is currently taking place with the advancements in technology, social media, and UAV’s (Drones). Almost every county emergency management agency, State DHS/EMA, and nearly every Federal agency now have some type of Emergency Operations Center.

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Topics: EOC, IMT, Incident Command, IMAT, Joint Operations Center, Incident Management Team, Command & Control, Emergency managers

Communicating Without Communications

Posted by Dakota Duncan on October 3, 2017

A tricky predicament isn’t? Communicating without any communications is similar to the current situation in Puerto Rico right now, an area completely devastated and with little to no electricity or means of communicating to the United States mainland.

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Topics: Radio Communications, Mutual aid operations, Ham radios, Satellite communications, Emergency plans

5 Questions to Better Equip your Emergency Operations Center

Posted by Dakota Duncan on August 22, 2017

Working in Emergency Management, Fire, EMS, or law enforcement we have all, at some point in our career, likely been in our local or state emergency operations center, but what goes into building these command centers? More importantly, how are the EOCs of the future going to be equipped?

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Topics: emergency management, Private company EOC, Joint Operations CenterPublic safety technology, Command centers

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