CitySan Francisco Bay Area
Job TitleDirector of Emergency Management
CompanyCounty of Sonoma
AssociationsInternational Association of Emergency Managers, California Emergency Services Association, US Army Engineer Association
How Far Are You Willing to Travel?Internationally
Disaster Services GovernmentLocal Government Emergency Management Program Development and Leadership
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Assessment and Operations
Incident Command System & Incident ManagementICS 100-400
California's Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
Cyber Incident Exercises
OtherThe 2017, 2019, and 2020 Sonoma County Wildfires: Moving Forward
The New Face of Emergency Management: Threats, Organizations, and Resources
Catastrophic Wildland Fire Response
Cyber Incident Consequence Management
Developing a Comprehensive Community Alert & Warning Programs
Phases: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, RecoveryMastering the Transition from Response into Recovery
Five Trends that will affect Local Emergency Management Programs
SummaryMr. Christopher Godley, CEM was appointed as the Director of Emergency Management for Sonoma County in December 2018. His current mission is to develop the County’s newly created Department of Emergency Management following the devastating 2017 Wine Country Firestorms. He has served as a local government emergency manager in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years, working for Sonoma County, Marin County and finally as the Director of Emergency Services for the City of San Jose.
Chris spent five years a senior consultant for the large multinational consulting firm, Tetra Tech, where he directed their Cyber Incident Consequence Management team as well leading planning, training and exercise projects nationwide.
Chris is a UCLA grad and holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a 20-year veteran of the Army Reserve and National Guard.
HighlightsMr. Godley has served as Director of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center Director, Incident Commander, and Project Manager in response to 17 presidential, 21 state, and 30 local disasters. He obtained his Certified Emergency Manager designation in 1999. Mr. Godley is a graduate of UCLA and obtained his master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in Emergency Services Administration with a focus area of climate change preparedness.
As a 20-year veteran of the California National Guard and Army Reserve, Major Godley served as Military Field Commander and Liaison Officer in wildfire, winter storm and flood events. He also led a NATO Military Professional Exchange mission in the Ukraine to develop enhanced flood disaster response coordination.
Mr. Godley has served as instructor for a variety of state and federal courses. His areas of expertise include cyber incident consequence management, emergency recovery planning, development of emergency management programs, oil spill response, Emergency Operations Center systems design, and climate change preparedness.
May Waive FeeYes
- Breakout Session
Cancellation PolicyInformal: Full refund and flexibility
Price Range$0 To $200
Events Last Year 0
|Event Title||Event Date||Location|
|California Emergency Services Association Annual Conference||October 10, 2018||Palm Desert, CA|
|International Association of Emergency Managers Annual Conference||September 18, 2014||San Antonio, TX|
|Utah State Emergency Management Conference||May 22, 2019||Provo, UT|
|California State Association of Counties Resilience Workshop||October 19, 2019||Santa Rosa, CA|
|San Francisco Urban Area Security Initiative Mass Notification Seminar||May 01, 2019||San Francisco, CA|
|Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference||April 19, 2018||Spokane, WA|
|California General Services Association Conference||April 19, 2019||San Diego, CA|
|National Homeland Security Conference||July 11, 2018||New York, NY|
|National Emergency Management Association||June 06, 2018||Webinar|
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