Tallahassee, Fla. – Noting how a rapid, coordinated and proficient response to a natural disaster or other emergency can lessen the potential blow to the state’s fragile economy during an emergency, the Rick Scott Administration took another major stride forward today, appointing the Director of Emergency Management for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bryan W. Koon, as the new Director of Emergency Management for the State of Florida.
The Governor-elect chose to make this one of his first agency head appointments to emphasize the importance of the office and its critical mission to protect the lives and property of every Floridian.
Governor-elect Scott said Koon’s experience leading Walmart’s Emergency Management efforts across the country and internationally, including preparedness, planning, operations, recovery, and mitigation would be a benefit to all Floridians before, during and after any potential crisis.
“I am both proud and honored Bryan has chosen to put his wealth of experience to work protecting and defending all Floridians and ensuring our State is prepared to tackle any emergency,” said Scott.
With the announcement of the appointment, Scott also announced his desire to seek transfer of the Division of Emergency Management into the Executive Office of the Governor. If approved, the move will create a direct reporting structure and enhance communication and cooperation across all federal, state and local entities involved in Florida’s disaster preparedness efforts and response.
“Preparing for and defending against natural disasters in Florida must and should be at the top of the priority list for any Administration,” said Scott. “This transfer will help cut bureaucratic red tape during emergencies and ensure the Director has full access and accountability to Florida’s CEO.”
About Bryan W. Koon:
Koon brings to Florida nearly twenty years’ experience managing tactical and strategic emergencies in the military, government and private sector. In his current role as Director of Emergency Management for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Koon is responsible for the emergency management operations of over 8,500 facilities worldwide. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of emergency preparedness, disaster response, continuity of operations and continuity of government. Koon’s broad and varied experience includes several years in the White House Military Office where he developed, maintained and implemented high level, classified programs to ensure continuity of government and continuity of operations in the wake of a tactical or natural disaster. He also served the nation with distinction as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, both active duty and in the Navy Reserve.