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FEMA Exec Joins Crisis Specialist Bernstein

Phil Cogan, formerly the deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s office of emergency information and public affairs is joining Los Angeles-based crisis communications consultancy Bernstein Communications.

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LOS ANGELES, October 19— Phil Cogan, formerly the deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s office of emergency information and public affairs is joining Los Angeles-based crisis communications consultancy Bernstein Communications, as executive vice president.
 
“Cogan brings our clients a rare combination of skills and experience,” says Jonathan Bernstein, president and CEO of Bernstein Communications. “There are quite a few people in the field who present seminars and teach about disaster communications, but there aren’t very many people who have not only managed high-profile disaster communications, but performed in so many places and faced so many different types of emergencies.”
 
Prior to joining FEMA, Cogan was a print and broadcast journalist and military public affairs officer. During his 23-year career with FEMA he supervised federal government emergency communications activities following disaster declarations issued by five Presidents. His final assignment at FEMA involved coordinating media coverage of federal search and rescue operations at the World Trade Center, following the terror attacks of September 11.
 
Cogan also served as director of external relations for the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
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