A 25-year veteran of public safety, August Vernon was hired as the inaugural Emergency Services Manager for Wake Forest University in December of 2014. August serves on the Wake Forest University CARE Team and is the Operations Manager of our Crisis Management Team. August specializes in terrorism response, incident command/management, crisis management and mass violence/active shooter response. He brings with him extensive experience in emergency management planning activities such as designing and coordinating over 100 local and regional, multi-agency tabletop exercises, drills and full scale exercises. Has also been involved in designing and assisting with numerous crisis management and response planning efforts at the local and regional level.
August served for four years in the United States Army as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations Specialist from 1991 to 1995. After the Army, he served as a career firefighter and fire service instructor for several years. August then accepted a position as the Operations Officer for a large North Carolina Office of Emergency Management where he served for 13 years. August also served one year in Iraq as a security contractor conducting high-threat convoy security and route clearance operations. In his public safety career August has responded to numerous events such as a school shooting, plane crashes, multi-alarm fires, meth labs, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, hazmat incidents, structural collapses, missing person searches, major crime scenes, mass casualty incidents and major utility disruptions. He has also conducted planning for and worked numerous large planned events such as the Winston-Salem Airshow, high profile funerals and Presidential Debates. Over the course of his career, he has taught more than 600 public safety classes, lectured in over 7 different states, authored/co-authored two books and nationally published more than 50 public safety articles. August is currently the Chair of the North Carolina Active Assailant/Active Shooter Working Group and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Active Shooter/Mass Violence task Force.