Carl Simons, USMC Ret.

Emergency Response Manager

Carl Simons has 30 years of experience in incident management and emergency response, gained through a successful career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an All-hazards Planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and an active member of a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team.

When he is not teaching others about how to plan for natural disasters or emergency threats, Carl volunteers for the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team. During disasters and emergencies, the resources of local public safety agencies resources can be stretched to the limit as an incident expands in duration, size, scope, or complexity. That’s why the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee created the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team — to provide essential behind-the-scenes support functions enabling agencies to focus resources and concentrate on achieving incident objectives. 

As an emergency response manager for Horsley Witten Group Carl spends a good deal of his time traveling and conducting training exercises for water and utility professionals on topics such as emergency response planning, source water protection, cybersecurity, incident management team training, and active shooter training. Free time is limited for most professionals. Why isn’t Carl on a golf course or fishing in a boat? Carl believes that volunteering for emergency related trainings keeps him up to speed and connected with a variety of responders. “Actually, participating in the exercise vs. explaining in a classroom setting is important as it allows me to share my recent experience with others” said Carl. Sometimes Carl runs into clients or former colleagues which strengthens his relationships and knowledge base. To give you an idea of the time commitment for this type of volunteering, Carl recently spent thirteen hours as a participant in the Vigilant Guard full scale civil military exercise on Cape Cod. At Horsley Witten Group we support volunteerism and training to help our employees be prepared for the next opportunity. We are glad Carl is taking the extra time to become better prepared and you should be too! Thank you, Carl. Learn more about the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team.

 

 

Plan West Ashley, SC

2018 Public Outreach Award Winner

Plan West Ashley is the vision and plan for the West Ashley area of Charleston, South Carolina – home to over half of Charleston’s population. The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association have recognized Plan West Ashley with their 2018 Public Outreach Award. As part of a team led by Dover, Kohl, and Partners, HW led the infrastructure, sustainability, climate resiliency, and open space elements of the plan. Plan West Ashley was unique in its commitment to public engagement, including multiple neighborhood scale community input workshops, 65 working group brainstorming sessions, and an extensive seven-day interdisciplinary planning and design charrette with over 1,000 participants.

The SCAPA Planning Awards recognize outstanding efforts and achievements that advance the art and science of planning in the Palmetto State. Each of the plans, projects and organizations recognized demonstrate a contribution to the improvement of the quality of life for South Carolinians. Awards are a valuable public awareness tool for local governments, agencies, and community organizations. SCAPA awards offer one of the few opportunities that South Carolina planners and communities have to highlight the virtues of planning and recognize those who contribute to the profession.