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Ian Anderson is a US/UK citizen with over 8+ years of emergency management experience. Currently working for The Salvation Army (TSA) in Denver, Colorado, Ian is the Director of Emergency Services, covering CO, UT, WY, and MT. He also serves as the Chair for Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD), a forum where CO NGOs share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle. Ian worked for The Salvation Army in New York City as the Response Coordinator and New York City Regional Manager, as well as serving as the Co-Chair for the Donations and Logistics Committee within NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and liaison to the NYCEM Citywide Logistics Committee. Ian works in close collaboration with partner NGO’s, for-profits, and government sector partners to maintain vital relationships and plans.
Ian's large-scale international emergency response experience includes a month long deployment to Haiti following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 managing TSA’s warehouse and mass distributions. Domestically, Ian has been deployed to Alabama to serve as the Operations Chief to lead relief efforts following a large-scale tornado disaster in 2011 affecting multiple counties. Most recently, Ian served as TSA’s Logistics Chief leading logistical efforts in the Greater New York region following Hurricane Sandy, coordinating emergency feeding of 40,000+ meals, large scale product distributions, assisting the coordination of unsolicited donation recovery operations, as well as managing TSA’s Warehouse.
Ian has received training in multiple FEMA ICS courses, TSA/Mental Health Psychological First Aid, HSI Medic First Aid Train the Trainer and the Sphere Project and Standards in International Disaster Response. Ian has earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Emergency Management & Business Continuity at Metropolitan College of New York as well as an Executive Masters Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at Georgetown University.
Bernard Lodge, or as most people know him, Bernie, serves as the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for The Salvation Army's Intermountain Division, serving Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and eastern Montana. Bernie plays a crucial role in emergency response, overseeing operations and logistics. When the department is not responding to emergencies, Bernie leads the way in managing the warehousing aspects of the Emergency Services Center in Aurora, CO, providing daily support services to the various community centers and social service programs in the Denver Metro Area.
Before devoting his work full-time to The Salvation Army, Bernie served his country with 21 years in the military, with 4 years in the U.S. Navy and 17 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served in Hawaii, California, Washington, Texas and Louisiana. Bernie has 15 years of experience dealing with both man-made and natural disasters.
Bernie has training in multiple ICS courses, obtaining an Operations Section Chief position while in the U.S. Coast Guard. Bernie is also trained in HSI Medic First Aid and CPR, Suicide Prevention, and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Bernie is finishing his Bachelors degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.
In addition to being the Deputy Director of Emergency Services, Bernie is a husband of 13 years and a father to an energetic 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.