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The most essential end result of any sustainable emergency management program that sets the stage for viable program success over time comes through obtaining and maintaining TRUE senior leadership support.  This end result is never automatic but must be fostered by the emergency manager (EM) who truly understands their role and possesses the right foundation (i.e., education, experience and fit).  The EM must also have the correct vision (one that will work within their organizational culture).  If the EM knows and understands how to apply their knowledge, experience and vision to real life, then they possess the key and core elements that can lead to a successful program but again, contingent on TRUE senior leadership support.


Phil Chaffee is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and has been the Senior Director of Emergency Management for the University of Utah Health Sciences, Hospitals and Clinics since May 2009.  Prior to working for the University, Phil was the Emergency Manager for Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) for several years.  

Phil completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness in June 2005.  He completed his Master’s of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) from Jacksonville State University in Alabama in December 2008.  Phil is currently working on completing his MBA through Western Governor’s University (WGU).  Phil is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and a certified Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

Phil is originally from Southern California where he worked in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with Mercy Ambulance, AMR Ambulance, the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Air Rescue and at Loma Linda University.  He was also employed for 10 years as an adjunct faculty for Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California where he taught in the EMT and Paramedic program.

Phil Chaffee
Senior Director, Emergency Management, University of Utah Health and Health Sciences

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