Charleston, SC – O. R. Colan Associates, LLC is pleased to announce the hiring of Joyce Kirk, a recognized subject matter expert within the Emergency Management industry, with over twenty years’ experience. As the new Vice President of Disaster Planning, Response and Resiliency, she will be responsible for the creation, development and sustainment of this new Division within ORC.
Ms. Kirk is an internationally recognized Certified Emergency Manager. Most recently, she was the Chief Executive Officer for a company specializing in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Ms. Kirk also spent over 18 years as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) under the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There she was responsible for directing the strategic and operational planning and execution of ESF-8 Federal Emergency Response Teams for deployment and sustainment to critically damaged, austere locations in preparation for, or in response to devastating disasters throughout the United States and Haiti.
“Joyce is an experienced leader with a wealth of industry knowledge and is passionate in delivering comprehensive solutions to ORC’s clients,” explains Stephen Toth, ORC President & COO.
Throughout her career, Ms. Kirk is often sought out for pre-design consultation, design-partnering and post-design operational implementation, sustainment and training for various types of threat and risk reduction, hazard mitigation, critical infrastructure protection and disaster response consulting; to include information fluidity, strategic positioning, multi-echelon site safety and security posturing, and overall mission-oriented architecture best suited for the mission and goals of the client. Ms. Kirk further supports (by authoring policy guidance) Concept of Operations (CONOPs), Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and “bridging documents” between the client and their stakeholders, along with numerous other supplemental documents for compliance of workplace safety, planning, risk mitigation, liability reduction, and rapid post incident recovery and resiliency.