Michael Ripley is the Disaster Response Manager for NBCUniversal located in Universal City, California. In his position, he is responsible for overseeing the studio’s Emergency Plans, Disaster Teams and Emergency Operations Center. Since 2006, Michael has utilized several innovative and progressive techniques to advance the studio’s disaster preparedness efforts including engaging community and public agency partners. He continues to be an advocate for community preparedness by volunteering his time to mentor other community groups and businesses. He serves on the board of directors for the California Emergency Services Association and the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness. In 2008 he was designated a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Before joining WEM, Tod worked as a reporter, producer and news director at TV stations across the country including Madison, Minneapolis, Seattle and Honolulu.