Rockaway Beach City Manager, Terri Michel, has announced the appointment of David Elkins as the Emergency Manager of Rockaway Beach.
Elkins has been a full-time resident of Rockaway Beach for over two years and a part-time resident for two years. In the last two years, he took on the responsibility of establishing a volunteer Preparedness organization with its primary objective to get the residents of the city prepared for any emergency or disaster that may occur in the area. He established a relationship with the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay and took all of the preparedness courses they had to offer. He served on various teams in the organization and taught radio classes. EVCNB has been very helpful in supporting Rockaway Beach in establishing its own preparedness capabilities. Rockaway now offers Go-Bag, Emergency Radio, Map Your Neighborhood and Water Sanitation and Hygiene classes. They also have an established Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the city. Elkins currently serves as the chairperson of the Rockaway Beach Emergency Management Committee.
Elkins also volunteers for the Rockaway Beach Police Department and is on the board, and serves as board treasurer, for the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. Other notable volunteer positions were Board of Commissioner’s for Klickitat County Hospital District #2, Vice-President of Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity and Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.
Elkins’ past experience has been wide and varied. Most notably, supporting his Emergency Management qualifications, he served as a Deputy on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a past volunteer Fire Chief, EMT, and fire fighter in Klickitat County Washington. He served as an incident commander on many large-scale wildland fires in the area. He retired from business as the President of Korry Electronics Company, and Aerospace and Defense electronics supplier.
Elkins’ primary objective as emergency manager is to lead the creation of an infrastructure that will establish an effective Incident Command System and Preparedness Structure for the city. Rockaway Beach is among other coastal cities that are vulnerable to a large variety of disasters and will need to be as prepared as possible to be capable of managing these events when they occur.