Who I am, and what I love to do...

Alisha Griswold is an emergency manager who currently serves the communities around the Seattle region. As a nationally recognized trainer and disaster technologist, Ms. Griswold supports the development of federal coursework related to social media use during disasters, founded a national working group on emerging technology, and and most recently contributed to the White House Disaster Innovation initiative in Washington DC. As a public servant, Alisha is a vocal proponent for inclusive preparedness strategies, evidence-based practices, and transparency in government.

Work experience

Work experience
Mar 2012 - Jun 2014

Training and Exercise Specialist

Port of Seattle
  • Lead Coordinator / Controller: FAA Triennial Compliance Exercise (Full-Scale / Multi-Agency)
  • Catalyst / Planner: Puget Sound Cyber Security Workshop / Emerald Down III
  • Lead Trainer: FEMA Incident Command System / Nat'l Incident Management System
  • Lead Trainer: Emergency Preparedness Basics for staff and stakeholders
  • Lead Trainer: Community Emergency Response Team "CERT"
  • Co-Chair: Homeland Security Region 6 Training and Exercise Committee
  • Lead Local Controller: 2012 "Evergreen Quake" Regional Functional Exercise
  • Lead Coordinator: 2012 Port of Seattle Emergency Management Summit - Crisis Communication
  • Lead Coordinator: 2013 Port of Seattle Emergency Management Summit - Cyber Security
  • Exercise Planner Cyber Storm IV -> http://www.dhs.gov/cyber-storm-securing-cyber-space
Jul 2011 - Present

Founder / Chair Emeritus

IAEM-USA: Emerging Technology Caucus

IAEM-ETC Mission Statement: "Our mission is to research, evaluate, and make recommendations on new and innovative technology as they pertain to emergency management processes and to disseminate best practices to the broader emergency management community.”

Dec 2009 - Mar 2012

Emergency Planner

Johnson County Health Department
  • Department Administrator: JCHD Respiratory Protection Program;
  • Department Administrator: Workplace Safety Coordinator
  • Department Administrator: CityWatch Emergency Team Notification System
  • State Administrator. KS-TRAIN website via Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment
  • Project Lead: Dispense Assist Prophylaxis Assessment System
  • Liaison: Regional Homeland Security Coordination Committee - Hospitals Subcommittee
  • Liaison: Kansas City Regional Hospital Emergency Preparedness Council
  • Liaison: Johnson County Citizen Corps Council
  • Liaison Officer: State of Kansas Incident Management Team - North East Region
  • Facilitator: KS-Regional Alternate Care Site Planning Team.
  • Department Leader: Trust-Taskforce
  • Department Manager: Continuity of Operations Planning and Revisions Taskforce Lead
  • Regional Coordinator for Federal Center for Domestic Preparedness courses 6/2010
  • Nominee: University of Kansas Emerging Leadership Academy Scholarship - 2010
  • Recipient: 2012 "Model Practice" Award by the National Association of City and County Health Officials
Aug 2005 - Mar 2012

Executive Committee Vice-Chair + Volunteer

Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City
  • Liaison: Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee
  • Coordinated with JoCo Citizen Corps Council to support production of functional needs videos
  • Published Profile in "Changing the World on a Tuesday Night" book by Tammi DeVille - 2010
  • Drafted Volunteer Code of Conduct - 2010
  • Drafted Job Descriptions for Executive Committee Members - 2010
  • Award: Dedication to Leadership and Service - 2010
  • Award: Commitment to Training and Service - 2010
  • Assisted with revision of MRCKC Bylaws - 2009
Aug 2008 - Dec 2009

Emergency Services Technology Dept.

Mid-America Regional Council
  • Regional Administrator: Metropolitan Emergency Information System
  • Regional Project Manager: Kansas City Metro AED Registry
  • Regional Project Manager: Hospital HAM Radio Project
  • Subject Matter Expert: Regional Hazard Mitigation Plans - Infectious Disease
  • Auxiliary Administrator: Regional Healthcare Team Notification System
  • Tech Trainer / Project Support: Patient Tracking / EMS and Hospitals
  • Systems Tester / Project Support: Regional WebEOC Initiative

Consultant: Community Outreach & Volunteer Services

PACE Analytical Services
  • Met with staff and developed basic concepts for encouraging employees to volunteer
  • Assisted with strategic planning and the formation of Community Outreach Committee
  • Assisted with the drafting of an employee survey to gauge interest in types of volunteering
  • Presented "The Value of Volunteers" to all staff


Jan 2010 - Dec 2011

Bachelor's of Science

University of Central Missouri

Coursework Completed:

  • Crisis and Disaster Management
  • Disaster Management Technology
  • Technology Applications: System Implementation
  • Community Mitigation and Recovery
  • Catastrophic Planning
  • Disaster and Society
  • Integrated Emergency Management
  • Disaster Research / Research Methods