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PrepTalks: Public Works & Emergency Management - Restoring Life Line Services

PrepTalks GraphicPhilip Mann's PrepTalk, "Public Works & Emergency Management: Restoring Lifeline Services" helps emergency managers and public works personnel understand the role of public works and public works role in response and recovery from disasters. The most important goal for response and recovery is “to get our citizens back to their normal life," Mann said, "and to do that the most efficent way is if police, fire, and public works work together.”

Mann is the Public Works Director for Gainesville, Florida. He chaired the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Emergency Management Committee and is APWA’s representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee, which is working on the FirstNet project, developing the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

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Philip Mann has been with the City of Gainesville since 1987, currently as the Public Works Director. He started his career with the City as an entry level engineer. He is a 1987 graduate from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Mann was the Chair of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Emergency Management Team and is APWA’s Representative to the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM Committee and to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) working on the FirstNet project.

As a member of the City of Gainesville’s Public Works Department, he is the Incident Commander for Public Works and member of the City’s Unified Command Team with the Fire-Rescue and Police Departments on all hazards. He co-authored a paper entitled “Public Works and Terrorism Response—Black Sunday” that was published by the APWA as a Best Practice for Public Works Agencies and their role in planned special events at high capacity venues.

Last Updated: 
04/16/2019 - 12:30