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Bodega Bay CERT Meeting Video from May 11, 2020

Updated: May 12, 2020

Bodega Bay CERT's General Meeting video

1. What if another Disaster Occurs During the Pandemic?

2. CERT Ham Skills training

Meet our Guest Speaker

Samuel R. Wallis, M.S.

Community Alert & Warning Manager

Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management

Samuel (Sam) Wallis is the Community Alert & Warning Manager for the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management. In this role, he develops capabilities for emergency alert and notification, conducts training and outreach programs, and in the event of a disaster coordinates emergency notification. Since joining Sonoma County Sam has participated in six floods, the 2014 Napa Earthquake, the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fire, the 2019 Kincade Fire, the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous smaller emergencies.

Sam joined the County of Sonoma team in 2014 after retiring from the United States Army. In his prior career he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel serving over 27 years with the Infantry and the Army Corps of Engineers in a variety of assignments and countries including Panama, Kosovo and Iraq. Sam’s career had many highlights including numerous commands and culminated as the Chief of Plans for an Infantry Division.

During his service, Sam was awarded the Expert Infantry Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), the Bronze deFleury medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star.

Sam holds a Masters of Science degree in Emergency Management from Walden University and is a 1991 graduate from Sonoma State University with a degree in English.

Sam currently resides in Sebastopol with his wife, Erin, and son, Morgan.

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