Jason Ferguson is passionate about identifying and leveraging opportunities to help organizations and governments develop a culture of emergency preparedness and the systems, tools, and processes to sustain it. An interdisciplinary professional with over 15 years of progressive experience across the public and private sectors, Jason is certified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and is a seasoned Incident Command System (ICS) instructor. He entered the emergency management arena as an Emergency Management Coordinator with the Cook County Department of Public Health where he provided direct support and technical expertise to 28 municipal Emergency Managers in developing and testing their plans for protecting against, responding to, and recovering from widespread communicable disease outbreaks and other public health threats.
Prior to joining Constant, Jason spent five years building and leading the training and exercise division for Team Rubicon (TR), a national non-profit that re-purposes the skills of military veterans for domestic and international disaster response while helping support the transition from military service to civilian life. Leading a team of six, Jason established national training standards, designed and published online and instructor-led courses, and scaled the delivery of training across the country through train-the-trainer and professional development programs. Jason deployed with TR to assist disaster survivors affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the 2013 Colorado floods, the 2015 Oklahoma tornadoes, and Hurricane Harvey.
Jason earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Benedictine University in 2003. In 2017, his alma mater invited him back to campus to receive an Alumni Achievement Award and be recognized for his professional achievements and service to the community.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Independence Day.
Favorite acronym: FYSA (for your situational awareness).
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: Arts and crafts supplies / Headlamp.
First EM response/experience: Serving as Harper College’s Incident Commander in response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza outbreak.
Hobbies: Sharing quality time with my family and friends; writing songs and enjoying live music; exercising; devouring tasty vegan dishes; volunteering with service-oriented organizations.