Public Information Officer, City of Houston Office of Emergency Management
Michael Walter, CEM® is the Public Information Officer for the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In his role, he coordinates the emergency public information response for the nation’s fourth-largest city, and represents the city to local, national, and international media. He also coordinates the City’s emergency warning strategy, and was instrumental in the launch and upgrade of the AlertHouston emergency notification system.
He was lead in the development and execution of the City’s Joint Information Center during various emergency and planned special events, including: 2013 NBA All Star Game, 2016 NCAA Final Four, 2017 Super Bowl 51, 2015 Memorial Day Flood, 2016 Tax Day Flood, and most recently, the devastating rainfall that accompanied Hurricane Harvey.
In addition to his official duties, Michael serves on various local, regional, statewide, and national committees in the areas of emergency public information and accessible emergency communication for people with disabilities.
Previously, Michael worked in higher education in Arizona, in emergency management in California, and as an Assistant Committee Clerk for the Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety for the Texas House of Representatives.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Public Service & Administration degree from the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. He also recently attained the Certified Emergency Management (CEM) credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Join us for this general session which includes a “Conversation with the City of Houston on Hurricane Harvey” hosted by Melissa Ragsdale Darragh, Michael Walter, & Angela Douglas.