Chuck McHugh

Assistant Director at Arizona Military Museum

5636 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Arizona Military Museum
HQ Phone:
(602) 267-2676
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Last Updated 2/19/2016

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Employment History

Sheriff's Deputy  - Pima County

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Chuck McHugh, assistant director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.
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Questions that Chuck McHugh, Operation Section Chief at Arizona Department of Emergency Management, would be asking to avoid another federal exercise where the Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) would be caught in the middle.
After the scenario update, Chuck McHugh addressed the group. Lou Trammel and Chuck McHugh believed that ifthere was a common operating picture with listed objectives, the next step would be to develop a definitive command and control organizational structure to lead the response in the field. Chuck felt that early command and control leadership and support for the thousands of responders would be critical for a successful disaster response. Tapping into his 42 years in the emergency services, 2S years as a County Sheriff and 17 years with ADEM, Chuck knew that governments tend to respond to disasters in three ways: 1) Ignore it and wait for it to go away; 2) Respond without organization; and,3) Respond to it with organization. However, it was Chuck's recent experience as a Liaison Officer on an Arizona Type 2 All Hazards incident management team that cemented his belief that incident management teams were the tool to bring early and effective organization to incidents. As the Vigilant Guard Arizona exercise moved closer and closer, Chuck and the ADEM staff stressed that the key to success for the scenario was to stay focused on providing early and functional command and control efforts in the field with incident management teams. Chuck McHugh knew the benefits of defining success in emergency response. He also knew that it was valuable to talk about what failure looks like. He knew that if the signs and symptoms of failure can be seen early,it allows time to fix the problems before they become catastrophic. With this in mind, he would watch for the slow set up and operations of the Joint Field Office. He also expected to see in some form or another the reluctance of local and regional EOC's to consolidate within the Joint Field Office. Too many times he had seen understaffed EOC's around the state move towards dysfunction as they not only worked at providing coordination and support but also drifted towards trying to dictate command and control strategies and tactics to field units. He would look for signs and symptoms that the JFO's coordination and support role was taking on command and control duties by assigning resources directly to the field without any incident management team oversight. Lou Trammel and Chuck McHugh knew the organizational model that they wanted to overlay on our nations' national response framework that would be heading to them in this exercise.

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