Who We Are

The NAU Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness is located within the NAU Police Department and under the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration {F&A Org Chart}.  The NAU Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness has one full time employee, the Director, and at least one intern.  

Marc W. Burdiss CEM, MEP serves as the Director of The Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this role he directs the planning, organizing, and execution of campus emergency management activities for Northern Arizona University and its various colleges and departments. His job involves routinely meeting with local, state and federal emergency management agencies and with neighboring emergency management directors to plan for or respond to emergencies. Mr. Burdiss is also responsible for maintaining and updating university emergency operations and recovery plans. Marc has earned the International Association of Emergency Manager’s designation as a Certified Emergency manager (CEM). Mr. Burdiss is a FEMA recognized Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and has experience designing and facilitating exercises ranging from county, state, and federal level exercises, to military and Major League Baseball exercises.

Prior to his current job, Marc worked as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Shelby County, Ohio for five and a half years. Before that Marc worked as one of eight Field Liaisons for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in Columbus where he worked disasters statewide, administered Emergency Management Performance Grants for eleven counties and helped new emergency managers learn what was required in their positions. Mr. Burdiss has a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Planning.

Zachary Nelson works as the intern for the Officer of Emergency Managing for NAU.  Zach is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management program at NAU with an emphasis in Park Protection and is slated to graduate in spring of 2014.  For the last three summers, Zach has worked as a Preventative Search and Rescue Ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park and for four years as an Emergency Medical Technician.  In this role Zach responded to medical emergencies on the trail as well as assisted in technical rescues throughout the park. Since 2008, Zach has worked in the winter as a member of the Arizona Snowbowl Professional Ski Patrol assisting with safety issues of skiers as well as mountain Search and Rescue Operations.  Zach has earned his Professional Development Series Certificate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  After school Zach plans to seek employment as Law Enforcement with the National Park Service.