The creator of Disaster Hawk, a disaster preparation app, gives his tips on the next round of COVID-19 concerns
Fifteen years into his career, disaster preparedness expert Patrick Hardy has settled in the Sacramento area. His new app, Disaster Hawk, aims to make disaster planning less confounding for families, small businesses and just about anybody. As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, Hardy provides advice for preparing for another stay-at-home order and a potentially worse second wave.
You are a disaster preparedness expert by profession. Tell me a little bit about that.
I’ve been a disaster preparedness expert for 15 years. I started my career in EMS, I worked in an ambulance and I later became a paramedic instructor. And then I worked for the governor’s office in Louisiana. I moved to Louisiana around Hurricane Katrina… I worked the BP oil spill…And FEMA selected me in 2012 to represent all of U.S. small business, all business, actually, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I was the youngest person ever selected to that post . So I spent a three-month rotation in Washington.