Jordan Villwock takes helm of county emergency management organization
LAGUNA BEACH — Jordan Villwock’s dream of doing work that’s meaningful, exciting and different every day is a reality.
Villwock, who since 2015 has managed Laguna Beach’s Emergency Operation Center, earlier this month was named chairman of the Orange County Emergency Management Organization.
The group consists of more than 120 Orange County agencies including county and city governments, school districts and special districts, with a mission to support countywide efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
In his Laguna Beach emergency role, Villwock, 33, has experience keeping the city’s departments informed. He describes himself as “the glue that keeps everything together,” making sure department heads — including the city manager, police chief and fire chief — have the necessary information to protect the community.
He also coordinates the city’s emergency management training and keeps the residents informed by managing the AlertOC mass notification system and social media platforms.
In the last decade, Laguna Beach — surrounded by hundreds of acres of open space on its inland side and steep cliffs along its beaches — has had landslides, wildfires and tsunami alerts.
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