Jordan E. Rink serves as the Managing Member of Blue Ridge Emergency Preparedness Group, LLC (BREPG). In that role Mr. Rink serves as the overall project executive on multiple concurrent projects. He has also served as Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert on many Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Response, and Recovery projects. Mr. Rink has overseen multiple Table Top, Functional, and Full Scale Exercise Projects from inception to execution. In addition to exercises, Mr. Rink has also coordinated multiple planning and preparedness projects at BREPG.
Mr. Rink recently served as the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Specialist with the Wake County Division of Emergency Management (WCEM). In that capacity he was responsible for carrying out the agency’s mission to reduce the loss of life and property and protect citizens and institutions from all hazards by operating and maintaining a critical infrastructure/key resource program for Wake County, administration and coordination of Homeland Security Grant funds awarded to the county, and management of the Metropolitan Medical Response System for the Wake County and surrounding area. In addition to these duties, Mr. Rink assisted in the coordination of response to significant emergency incidents and high profile special events by providing technical support in prevention, protection, response, and recovery activities. Mr. Rink served as the county-wide Logistics Section Chief to the H1N1 pandemic, Emergency Operations Center Manager to the April 16th Tornado Outbreak, and lead exercise planner and controller/evaluator to multiple table-top and full scale exercises. These included several National Disaster Medical System Full Scale Exercises, a Mass Casualty Full Scale Exercise on the New Hope Valley Railway, and several FAA regulated airport exercises at Raleigh/Durham International Airport.
Mr. Rink joined WCEM after serving as a Hazards Analyst at IEM Inc, a Louisiana-based national disaster and homeland security consulting company. In that role he specialized in natural and technological hazards research and analysis for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. Several of Mr. Rink’s projects included Custodial Enforcement Terrorism Awareness and Information Gathering , the United States Virgin Islands Capability Improvement Plan, and the Florida Regional Catastrophic Planning Program.
Prior to joining IEM, Mr. Rink was deployed to Biloxi, MS, following Hurricane Katrina, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate several disaster recovery centers and commodity distribution sites. Mr. Rink also worked to prioritize, track, and expedite the emergency housing needs of the southernmost six counties of Mississippi.
Mr. Rink received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from North Carolina State University and has completed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Community Preparedness and Disaster Management Program. Mr. Rink is well versed in Terrorism Prevention, Protection, and Response as well as attending courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, the National Fire Academy, University of Nevada at Reno, Louisiana State University, and Texas Tech, in addition to locally held Terrorism courses by the FBI and DHS.
Mr. Rink has served the Swift Creek Fire Department in Wake County, NC for over 10 years. He holds certifications as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Department of Homeland Security Instructor, and in Critical Infrastructure and Key Asset Protection. Mr. Rink is an active member with the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Fire Academy Alumni Association, North Carolina Emergency Management Central Branch All-Hazards Incident Management Team, and North Carolina Emergency Management Association. Mr. Rink has also served on the North Carolina CBRNE Taskforce, the Wake County Domestic Preparedness Taskforce, the North Carolina Homeland Security Strategy Working Group, the North Carolina Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource Working Group, and the State Emergency Response Commission Medical Subcommittee.