RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC, January 9, 2018 – Bryan Koon, Vice President of International Homeland Security and Emergency Management at IEM, a global security consulting firm, was appointed Chairman of the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC). The MMC is organized by the National Institute of Building Sciences as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit entity that helps inform policy. Experts from a multitude of related fields sit on the board.
“Our nation faced an extraordinarily tragic and expensive hurricane season this past year. But alongside the hardships, we also witnessed success brought about by the implementation of smart mitigation strategies, with many homes withstanding the damages brought by these storms,” Koon commented. “We are not powerless against natural and man-made disasters. Evidence clearly shows that investing in mitigation – building back our communities in ways that are safer and stronger – will pay off when the next disaster strikes, saving taxpayer dollars and saving lives. I am honored to be appointed Chair of the Multihazard Mitigation Council and to lead this group of experts toward building a more resilient nation.”
Koon assumes the position of Chair after having served as Vice Chair of the MMC. The MMC works to identify and implement effective mitigation practices to reduce the costs and losses that natural and human-caused disasters place on society and the building community. The goals of the MMC are to promote disaster resilience, become a focal point of credible information, and promote whole building strategies. The MMC focuses on promoting community preparedness, sustainability, and resilience, as well as creating high-performance buildings and improving energy efficiency. The Council seeks to achieve its goals by appointing a board with individuals from both public and private sector entities to collaborate with homeowners, commercial and industrial property owners, researchers, the public sector, and other relevant stakeholders.
At IEM, Koon oversees the International Homeland Security and Emergency Management sector and works to ensure that relevant departments maximize their capabilities in working with organizations both domestically and internationally to build a safer, more secure and resilient world. A Florida native, Koon serves the company from our office in Tallahassee, Florida, where he currently resides with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons.