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Bryan Tuma, Assistant Director, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and NEMA Regional Vice President, expertise does not stop with the 30 plus years of law enforcement and emergency management, just ask him about his pre-game strategy and bike season.

How has NEMA benefitted you most? Professional associations such as NEMA provide the platform to support stakeholder organizations on many levels. Perhaps the greatest benefit derived from membership in NEMA is the power and impact the organization can deliver on issues we face as emergency management organizations. Individually, NEMA provides our member states the opportunity to have a voice and the capability to express their perspectives on how programs or issues impact their respective jurisdictions. Collectively, NEMA provides a united and informed perspective to our policy makers and external stakeholder organizations. I also place great value on the opportunity to network with other states and the leaders in the emergency management community. 

Emergency management seems an easy transition from your nearly 32 years with the Nebraska State Patrol. What aspects from that experience have you transferred over to what you do today? During my law enforcement career I had the great fortune to engage with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency on a number of key issues. I was a part of the key stakeholder group in state government who participated in the early development of the Homeland Security program. Therefore, I was exposed to the grant programs and the funding requirements to support them. I held a number of leadership positions on projects that significantly enhanced statewide resources and capabilities. I had the opportunity to be part of the planning process that ultimately resulted in many of the programs administered by our state emergency management agency today. The best learning experience I enjoyed was the result of being designated as the ESF Coordinator for Law Enforcement for many years. Two things really stick out in my mind. This is where I learned the dynamics of response and recovery when communities were impacted by natural disasters and emergencies. As a result, I think I developed a great appreciation on the value of sound preparedness strategies and learned how to work with other agencies to support the planning and implementation of the resources required to support those strategies.


Not only does the theme of public service take place with your ‘day time job’ and career, but you are also very active through appointments on boards and commissions that center around the safety of citizens. Care to share some of your favorite experiences and/or achievements with such groups? Throughout my law enforcement career I was engaged with so many different groups and activities it would be difficult to list them all. Thankfully, the Nebraska State Patrol encouraged officers to be active in community organizations and to engage with citizens to not only support safety initiatives, but to give a part of yourself and invest in the communities we lived in. I always found that to be personally and professionally rewarding. As a result, I was very active with the Special Olympics for many years, and currently I serve as a board member with a Boy Scout council.

As I advanced in my law enforcement career I served on a number of commissions charged with addressing law enforcement training and certification requirements.  I worked with a number of transportation safety groups and organizations. I was appointed to the Nebraska Crime Commission by our Governor and played a leading role to support criminal justice programs or initiatives on a statewide basis. As I mentioned previously, I had the opportunity to participate in a number of Homeland Security assignments and played a key role in the early development of the Homeland Security program for our state. I cannot overstate the importance those activities, groups, and organizations had on my professional development and how it shaped my perspectives on issues. It improved my understanding of other perspectives and how to analyze problems. It forced me into becoming more adept as a problem solver and how to appreciate the wide range of solutions that are available to us if we choose to widen our viewpoint. In terms of value, I truly believe I gained more through my participation than what I ever brought to the table.

Throughout my career I was active in the International Association of Chiefs of Police. I served on a number of committees and worked within the structure of the IACP to fulfill a variety of leadership positions. At the conclusion of my law enforcement career I was the General Chair for the State and Provincial Police Section. Essentially, I was representing state and provincial police organizations within the IACP. I considered that to be an extreme honor and privilege because I had the opportunity to be engaged on critical issues impacting law enforcement agencies across the country.

I also had the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy which I valued as one of the more meaningful experiences in my law enforcement career. The privilege to represent my agency and the opportunity to engage with other law enforcement professionals from across our country and other international students was a tremendous honor. While I am still an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, my participation in meetings and conferences has been limited due to my current role in emergency management.

As a Huskers [University of Nebraska at Lincoln] graduate, do you have any game-day traditions? Absolutely! When you live in Lincoln you don’t have any choice but to not be impacted by game day activities.  Certainly, the tailgating experience can encompass many other kinds of activities and you have to adapt. Early games requires careful planning to ensure a successful outcome. You have to get your honey-do’s done the night before, you walk the dog early in the morning, and get ready to for an early departure to the stadium. Meeting friends before the game for a meal and a beverage is a part of the fun. Late games require attention to pacing yourself. You can’t start too early with pre-game rituals or you will wear yourself out and you won’t be able to sustain your energy during the game. Lincoln remains one of the premier college football destinations. If you are a fan of college football you have to take in a Nebraska home game during your lifetime. The fans are great, the stadium is fantastic, and the atmosphere is dynamic.

If you could compare yourself to a professional golfer, who would it be and why? Well, right now I think there are a lot of parallels with Tiger Woods.  I have the desire to be great, I just can’t seem to hit my stride.

Out of your motorcycle collection (or maybe from some over the years) which one is your favorite? Why? Any great stories from bike adventures that would be fun to share? I started riding motorcycles when I was in junior high school. My parents didn’t approve of me wanting to ride a motorcycle and they wouldn’t let me buy one. Therefore, I rode bikes that belonged to my friends. I think I did that mostly without my parent’s knowledge, but I could be wrong on that. I think they suspected I was a pretty good kid within eyesight or earshot, otherwise all bets were off. Fortunately, my next door neighbor taught me how to ride his dirt bikes and I went to motocross events with him and his buddies. I transitioned into adulthood and just didn’t have the time or money to ride much in college. Consequently, I largely abandoned motorcycle riding for many years. It wasn’t until my kids were preparing to leave the house and pursue their college studies that I really developed the desire to ride again. I purchased a Triumph America to get back into riding. It was a great bike to get the juices flowing again and I really enjoyed it. I then purchased a BMW 1200 RT for touring and had the kind of bike that would allow me to ride greater distances. I am on my second RT now and will likely buy another one at some point. I usually devote time for a couple of good road trips annually and average between 8 to 10 thousand miles each season. I’ve gotten to see a lot of the country riding bikes and I just love it. I don’t ride with groups and I stay pretty independent to enjoy the trip on my terms. I guess that’s how I like to ride.

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Emergency Management Assistance Compact

NEMA administers the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a nationally adopted mutual aid agreement between states.  Governance of EMAC is through NEMA's membership, the Directors of the State Emergency Management Agencies.  Learn more about EMAC by watching this short video. 

Visit the EMAC website to learn more.

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