Meet Jim Cook
Hometown: Atlanta, GA. One of the few people you will meet that was born here and still lives here.
Family: Married, three great (adult) kids. One brand new grandchild.
College/Education: BSBA, Shorter College
Favorite activities outside work: Sailing, Scouting, Beach, Mountains
Background in Emergency Management:
I began my career in Emergency Management in 1979 with the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. I started as their Communications/Warning Officer, then was promoted to Assistant Director, then was appointed Director. We were WebEOC client #4. We signed the contract to purchase WebEOC just before 9/11. Our first use of WebEOC was on 9/11. I joined ESi in 2005 to head their newly created Services Division. I have been working with WebEOC ever since.
What Do You Love Most About Your Job?:
Hands Down – Working with our clients. Our tools help people do their jobs better while planning for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies, disasters, and special events. It is rewarding to hear stories from clients of how WebEOC, and our other tools, contributed to the success of their operation.
Juvare Cares – about their clients, their employees, and the community. During the Exchange19 conference last May in New Orleans, employees and clients packed school supplies into backpacks for school children in the New Orleans area.
Most Important Quality You’ve Observed in Successful Emergency/Incident Management Professionals:
Keeping your head when all those around you are losing theirs
What is the Future of Emergency/Critical Incident Management?:
The use of technology will continue to grow and play a significant role in the Emergency Management field. Specifically, predictive models will play a critical role in how we mitigate, plan, respond and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters (i.e. wildfires, floods, landslides, and hurricanes).
Favorite vacation destination? Any place on the water
Any pets? A rescued beagle/terrier mix named Mick.
Favorite sport/sports team: Anything Atlanta!
Favorite quote: Do as much good as you can, as often as you can, for long as you can.