Orlando, Florida (PressExposure) December 22, 2009 -- In a time of economic down turn and disaster, leave it to a disaster preparedness, response and recovery firm to execute a bold expansion and merger plan at the cusp of the nation's economic revival. As part of this plan, High Alert International announced the promotion of Allison Sakara, to President.
"High Alert's success has been built upon our wealth of field experience, providing sound principles for both preparedness and daily operations," says Allison Sakara, MSN, CRNP, partner and new President of the consulting firm, High Alert International. "When it comes to preparedness planning, credibility comes more from what you have done than what you claim to know or who you claim to know. I've been fortunate. I've had the opportunity to do a lot of interesting work and to serve the people of this nation as a disaster responder."
Allison Sakara has been more than fortunate. As a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) since 2001, Ms. Sakara has served the nation as a Supervisory Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner and Deputy Logistics Officer. She was recognized in 2005 as an NDMS Response Distinguished Member of the Year by her team. Following Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Sakara worked with the NDMS medical response efforts for the better part of 6 months. In 2008, she served with the first NDMS team to provide medical services on Galveston Island following Hurricane Ike.
"Allison Sakara is one person our nation has consistently turned to when it needs a plan for response and recovery transformed into tangible response and recovery," observes Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez, DO, PhD, the founder and CEO of High Alert International. "Allison is the obvious choice for the person to transform our plans for growth and service into reality."
A president named "Allison" is not, however, the typical choice. Emergency management and Homeland Security consulting has been a male-dominated field since the first retired generals and fire chiefs doffed their uniforms and donned their Brooks Brothers suits in the early years of the profession. Business continuity and disaster preparedness likewise have been predominately male endeavors, owing to the profession from which they originated.
"In a disaster, no one cares if you are a man or a woman - all they care about is that you are there to help," notes Allison Sakara, as she prepares for the company's Monday morning planning meeting. While Allison is focused on business, her colleagues are excited by her rise to the top of the industry.
"It is good to see a woman with Allison's experience and 'street credentials' rise to the top of a firm like High Alert [International]," muses Diane Fojt, founder and CEO of Corporate Crisis Management. "As one of the first women to lead a company in this industry, I know what it takes to reach the position that Allison has achieved. They are big shoes to fill, and no one is more qualified than Allison to fill them."