Bill Baumann helps keep Everett prepared for disaster

EVERETT — He’s learning emergency management, Everett-style.

Bill Baumann, 24, is an AmeriCorps volunteer working for the city of Everett.

After graduating from Western Washington University in 2012, he found a lot of emergency-management jobs required more experience than he had acquired. Through AmeriCorps, he gains that experience.

“It’s a big service aspect, and I enjoy giving back,” he said.

Baumann mostly works behind the scenes. He gets materials ready for the city’s emergency-planning classes and assists various staff. He also is working on the city’s plan for volunteers after a natural disaster or other major event.

Baumann was drawn to the field because he liked the idea of helping people so they don’t find themselves in a worst-case scenario after a disaster.

“It will alleviate some of the stress and potential harm,” he said.

At the city level, emergency-management combines elements of planning, public education and outreach, Baumann said. He likes seeing all the pieces and personalities complement one another.

“Everything works together hand in hand,” he said.

Baumann grew up in Ridgefield, a small town in southwest Washington. He studied disaster reduction emergency planning through Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.

He’s working in Everett until mid-August, staying a little longer to help with the city’s annual of Fourth of July parade. For now, he’s living in Edmonds.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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