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Husband no stranger to emergency response

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Bryan Husband's new position as the Emergency Management Agency director is a natural transition -- he's been involved in some type of emergency response since he was 16.

Thirty four years later, he continues to work with the Lewis Township Fire Department and serves as the president of the Clay County Fire Chiefs.

In fact, Husband likes his new job so much he took a pay cut from his old work in construction and makes fire runs whenever he's in his courthouse basement office with little to do.

"I enjoy the emergency services," Husband said.

The Clay County Commissioners unanimously selected Husband as the EMA director Monday.

County Commissioner David Parr described Husband and his wife Gerri, the former EMA director, as "well respected individuals."

Daryl Andrews, another Clay County commissioner, agreed with Parr. "We unanimously felt Bryan Husband had the most experience in the area we were looking for," Andrews said.

His responsibilities include being a liaison between the county, the state and federal emergency management agencies in addition to the local volunteer fire department and personnel.

Gerri Husband left her position as director in December to work with terrorism and bioterrorism planning in the health department, Bryan Husband said. He took over as interim director Jan. 4. Husband didn't get a soft switch from being interim director to the real thing. Two days after he was appointed a state of emergency was declared in Indiana for the counties affected by flooding including Clay County.

"We jumped into a pretty big time," Husband said.

He described that first week as overwhelming, but said work is more relaxed now.

Currently, Husband is waiting to learn how much money the Homeland Security department is granting Clay County for its emergency management agency.

Husband said he has his sight set on more prevention and training programs because it's difficult to predict how terrorism and disasters in general strike so it's important to be prepared.

Clay County doesn't know how much money the county will receive however since the Office of Homeland Security is focusing its efforts on larger cities such as Indianapolis and Chicago, he said.

The grant will likely fall behind what the county expects, he said, "but whatever we get is more than we had."

"You have to take what they give you," he said.



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