Devan Tucking-Strickler, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Devan Tucking-Strickler has been with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management since 2007 and currently serves as the Response and Recovery Services Section Chief and Interim Technological Hazards Section Chief. She coordinates response actions, public outreach, and oversight of the radiological safety, planning, and exercise program, spill program, Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant program, and disaster victim assistance programs including both individual and public assistance. Ms. Tucking-Strickler also serves as the Deputy State Emergency Operations Center Manager. She loves conducting preparedness outreach and enjoys adding extra pizazz to her campaigns. In 2011 Kansas launched the "Prepare for the Unexpected" Zombie Preparedness campaign, adding a fun sci-fi twist to traditional preparedness with the tagline, "If you're prepared for zombies, you're prepared for anything!" The campaign was recognized internationally and featured on The Doctors television show and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention preparedness blog. Ms. Tucking-Strickler began her career as an American Red Cross volunteer and staff member. In 2005 she deployed to the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center as an American Red Cross government liaison to support response to Hurricane Katrina. She is an adjunct faculty member at Washburn University, where she teaches courses in Victim/Survivor Services, Disaster Response and Recovery, Disaster Human Services, and Disaster Mental Health. Ms. Tucking-Strickler is a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager and holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services from Washburn University. She also holds certificates in Victim/Survivor Services and Morita Therapy from Washburn University. She lives in rural Kansas with her husband, Marshal, and their rambunctious dogs.