Heather Beal, CEM, Ph.D.

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Dr. Beal is amilitary veteran with 23 years of distinguished Naval service. Dedicated to self-improvement, she obtained Masters degrees in Asian studies, conflict resolution, cyber security policy, and emergency management.She is qualified as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration / Emergency Management focusing specifically on childcare recovery. As a working parent of two, she became aware of just how much of a gap existed in emergency preparedness and recovery training and resources for childcare providers and vowed to help improve current limitations. Her desire to bridge the gap between emergency management and childcare communities culminated in the founding of BLOCKS (https://www.blocksusa.org), a nonprofit that helps prepare childcare for disaster. She also founded Train 4 Safety Press (http://www.train4safety.com) and publishes childrens books to teach young children what to do in the event of disaster.