ANNOUNCEMENT: Most spring 2021 classes will once again be offered online/remotely. Learn more about the spring 2021 semester.
Pony Anderson is the Director of the Disaster Management Institute (DMI). Ms. Anderson’s background as a firefighter and paramedic with 20 years of experience has informed the development of all DMI capabilities. She is one of three founding pioneers for the DMI and visionary for the DMI training facilities recognized nationally for simulation and reality-based training. The DMI training facility was developed to provide advanced simulation training for first responders, federal, state, and local entities, including the Department of Defense, Colorado National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, and other aspects of our national critical infrastructure. Ms. Anderson is passionate in her belief that realistic training and simulation are critical to the success of emergency response and disaster management and essential to personnel and public safety.
Ms. Anderson writes and produces full-scale mass casualty/disaster exercises, including simulation drills and tabletop exercises both on-site and in the field. She has extensive experience working with leadership and personnel from diverse companies and agencies including critical infrastructure (airports, power companies, and water districts), national corporations, first responder agencies, and national guard units and military bases, assessing needs and developing relevant and realistic training and simulations that ensure readiness for a wide variety of emergent, atypical scenarios. Her attention to detail ensures that every sound, smell, and visual cue that a trained professional might encounter in the field is replicated.
Ms. Anderson holds the FEMA certification of Master Exercise Practitioner and is proficient in Homeland Security’s Exercise and Evaluation Planning (HSEEP) platform. She has vision, enthusiasm and dedication, coupled with a hands-on approach, and practical experience which has made delivery of training realistic and educational. She is recognized internationally as a thought leader for reality-based preparedness and training.