Aprille Slutsky

When a disaster hits or a governmental agency has some information to publicize, it is often up to a Public Information Officer (PIO) to write press releases, post information to social media, and stand in front of the television cameras to talk to the community.

Teresa Ehnert, Bureau Chief of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) looked out over the full banquet room with a smile on her face.

"We wouldn't be one of the front runners [in the country] for Access and Functional Needs preparedness without all of you," she said.

In the summer of 2011, the Wallow Fire burned 538,049 acres (840 square miles), crossing into different jurisdictions as it burned in the White Mountains.  



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