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Wayne Sallade


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Lowell Heiny Hall 411



MS, Emergency Management: Lander University 
BS, Mass Communication: Florida State University 


Wayne Sallade recently completed 30 years as a director of emergency management in Charlotte County, Florida. Sallade is a native Floridian, born in Jacksonville. At the time of his retirement (02/2017), he was the senior emergency manager (EM) for Florida's 67 counties. Sallade was serving as county EM when Hurricane Charley made a direct hit on his community and destroyed 11,000 homes. The damage total was $3.2 billion and the recovery would take more than five years.

Sallade returned to college in 2014, seeking his Master's in Emergency Management, more than 38 years after graduating from Florida State. He moved to Grand Junction in March of 2017, bringing his wife (a Wyoming native) home to the Grand Valley, where she worked in health care for 25 years. 

Sallade has been involved in broadcasting since age 17. He worked in radio and TV, and for 20 years he was also a newspaper reporter/columnist. For 16 years, he served as the spring training public address announcer for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. He has four adopted children (ages 33, 28, 20 and 15). His wife Vicki has been a registered nurse for 35 years and is currently employed by Hope West (Hospice of Grand Valley). He has been honored to have been asked to teach this class, and believes he and the students will be sharing and learning together. 

Teaching Experience 

Sallade's teaching has been limited to primarily senior citizen groups and elementary (4th Grade) students. His 30 years in Emergency Management included more than 10,000 public speaking engagements. In addition, he was asked to speak as keynote, panelist or instructor for numerous workshops,conferences and symposiums. He had the honor and privilege of speaking to more than 35,000 elementary students about family disaster preparedness including what to do with their pets when disaster strikes.

Teaching Style 

Sallade's teaching style can best be described as inclusive. He wants to learn what his students know, and what they would like to learn about Emergency Management. Sallade and his students will follow and learn from current events together. He wants his students to become acutely aware of the world around them. What risks might they face here, or where they hope to be ten years from now. Emergency Management is a critical component of local, state and federal governments. Without adequate coordination following a large-scale event, chaos will ensue. He will ask students about ongoing events that are being highlighted in newscasts and online. 

Published Work 

In 2012, Sallade developed an evacuation zone notification program, which consisted of placing 10,000 reflective multi-color vinyl bands on stop signs and street signs across Charlotte County, FL. This unique program garnered two national awards for public education and early notification. 

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