Brandon S. Brewer

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Brandon S. Brewer


Partner/VP of Client Relations, Shawn Douglas Communication

Summary of Qualifications

Brandon has more than 24 years experience as an all-hazard public information officer, deploying worldwide to natural and human-caused disasters to communicate health and safety information to affected publics. He has been the on-scene public information officer, joint information center manager or crisis communication specialist for dozens of incidents, including the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Hurricane Katrina response and recovery and 9/11 response and recovery operations in New York City. Brandon has trained thousands of members of the U.S. national response community and has participated in nearly 50 full-scale emergency management and disaster response preparation exercises. He twice led joint-agency teams of federal public information officers to re-write "Joint Information Center Model: Collaborative Communications During Emergency Response" for the U.S. National Response Team.

Business Experience

Brandon has been a crisis communication consultant since retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012. During his tenure in the Coast Guard, he served in various leadership positions throughout the country. His Coast Guard resume includes two tours of duty with the National Strike Force, a deployable specialized force that supports U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal On-Scene Coordinators, as outlined in the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan. He now specializes in assisting emergency management organizations and companies whose operations require environmental health and safety planning.

ERM Experience

Brandon received risk communication training from Dr. Vincent Covello, the Naval Environmental Health Center and the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine throughout the 1990s. He has practiced the communication approach in the field at dozens of incidents at which people affected by crisis have high concern about risks and low trust for organizations responsible for mitigating those risks. He has also developed strategic and tactical risk communication plans for long-term projects with inherent environmental health and safety risks.

Professional Affiliation

Brandon is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Rescue at Sea, a U.S.-based non-profit which supports world volunteer maritime search and rescue organizations.


B.S., Liberal Studies, Excelsior College
B.A., Philosophy, Old Dominion University


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