Article Out Loud - Inside the “Boot Camp” for Emergency Managers

By MICHAEL VALIENTE, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, July 12, 2023.

The first cohort of the Texas Emergency Management Academy has graduated. Learn about the components of this unique and comprehensive 8-month program from the perspective of one of the graduating cadets.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler.

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Michael Valiente

Michael Valiente is the senior training officer of the Training Division at the Texas Division of Emergency Management. He is a retired U.S. Marine with 23 years of active-duty service. He did two tours as an instructor and academics supervisor with Marine Corps University and one tour as a Marine Embassy Guard with the U.S. State Department. His initial emergency management experience came from participating in Operational Unified Assistance, the U.S. military humanitarian relief efforts during the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. After retiring in 2005, he taught at the University of Phoenix and Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas. He has a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University and a Doctor of Emergency Management degree from Capella University.

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