"Do not be intimidated. Pursue your goals; they ARE achievable. Education is never a waste of time."
- MA in Emergency and Disaster Management – American Military University, 2008
- MBA with specialization in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy – Northcentral University, 2013
- Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) Emergency Manager of the Year, 2009
- Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) for the last 10 years (less than 2,000 CEMs worldwide)
- President of IAEM Region 4 (8 southern states), October 2018 – October 2020
- Received James P. Etter Creativity and Innovation Award from American Public University System (APUS), 2012
- White House Champion of Change (for work with volunteers during Deepwater Horizon), July 2011
- Hahn, D., Willis, T., Christie, R., Mathews, S. (2017). The Relationship between social capital and potential resilience in Individuals. Journal of Emergency Management. Volume 15 (3), 189-194. DOI: 10.5055/jem.2017.0327
- Hahn, D. (2015). Using Systems Analysis and Dynamics to Evaluate PPPs with Data and Best Practices from SAFER Santa Rosa. In Hamner, M., Stovall, S., Taha, D., & Brahimi, S. (Eds.), Emergency Management and Disaster Response Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships (Ch 11). GMI, Ltd, USA. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8159-0
- Hahn, D. (2014). Who should pick up the bill for emergency management: Local or federal government? Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. Autumn/Fall 2014 Volume 8 / Number 1
- Hahn, D. (2010). How to create a public-private partnership; A replicable project associated with business continuity. Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. July 2010 Volume 4 / Number 3
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
EMA 499: Capstone in Emergency Management
What do you want students to take away from your courses?
A comprehensive understanding of the principles of emergency management and an understanding of the expansive reach of emergency management—from a general EM to homeland security, business continuity, public health, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, and response organizations. An ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Why did you start teaching?
I love to see people learning skills that I have a passion for.
What advice would you give to students considering this online program?
Both of my post-graduate degrees were obtained online. Do not be intimidated. Pursue your goals; they ARE achievable. Education is never a waste of time.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in emergency management?
Being a collaborator—someone who can work outside their field in cooperation with other organizations/disciplines—and a communicator. Communication is exceptionally important. In many cases, an EM has no enforcement power, so they must convince others to do the right thing. Also, understanding the eight Principles of Emergency Management and putting them into practice.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in emergency management face today?
Selling the concept that someone is needed to perform the job.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why by Amanda Ripley
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I was a Special Forces soldier (Green Berets) before retiring to become an emergency manager and academic.
Also, I started a nonprofit called SAFER Santa Rosa, a COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) association, and it has been used as a case study/best practice in a FEMA course called "Maturing Public-Private Partnerships."