Preparedness Branch Manager, Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM)
Brian Bauer serves as the Preparedness Branch Manager at the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM). In this role, Brian oversees the planning and assessment, training and exercise, state continuity, and cyber preparedness units as well as the technological hazards, radiological emergency preparedness, state special events, and state NIMS programs. Bauer has served with MDEM since 2016.
Bauer has lead the state through numerous incidents and pre-planned events as the SEOC Commander or as an Incident Advisor, including the COVID-19 global pandemic, cyber disruption incidents, continuity of operations events, tropical cyclones, civil unrest, serve weather incidents, public health emergencies, gubernatorial inauguration, large scale special events, and national special security events (NSSEs) such as presidential inauguration, State of Union, and presidential address to a joint session of Congress. Bauer also serves as the Deputy Coordinator of the Maryland Incident Management Team (MD-IMT), which is the state’s type 3 all-hazards IMT, and had deployed in various command and general staff positions for incidents including severe floods, tornadoes, landslides, line of duty death funerals, and special events.
Prior to coming to the State of Maryland, Bauer worked in emergency management for 10 years at the local jurisdiction level with Harford County Government and the City of Pittsburgh. In addition to working in the government sector, he has served a subject matter expert and consultant for private sector organizations supporting the development of capabilities and capacity building across the planning, training, exercise, and continuity domains.
Bauer holds a Master Degree in Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Political Science and History from Mount Saint Mary’s University.