Lt. Col. (retired) Stan Zezotarski has nearly 30 years of emergency response experience. He has the advantage of hindsight with activation for the Loma Prieta and North Ridge Earthquakes, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the 1999 Northern California Floods, 2000 Y2K, numerous winter shelter activations, and the 2008 and 2009 San Diego Wildfires. He owns foresight from: his experience of designing and directing the first exercise to test the Dual Status Command (DSC) concept to organize National Guard and Federal Active Duty Forces under a National Guard commander for the purpose of responding to a catastrophic emergency; and for cutting government bureaucratic red tape to include private-public partnerships in emergency response planning and exercises.
During the first decade of the 21st Century, Lt. Col. Stan Zezotarski witnessed the Nation’s revisions of the National Security Strategy, its philosophies, and methods for protecting the Homeland land. He was an integral player in incorporating Private-Public Partnerships into Homeland Security exercises as encouraged by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate in 2011.
He was the key participant in facilitating the State Military Department’s Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan, the emergency response plan, and designing the plan to surge California National Guard forces for the 2010 Border Security mission.