Taylor Schuster

Emergency Management Specialist

Serving in myriad of roles in both government and industry emergency response, Taylor first joined EMSI in 2018 as an intern before coming on board full-time in 2020. His current responsibilities include government client services, virtual course and workshop deliveries, and assignment to a federal Department’s deployable All-Hazards Incident Management Team (IMT).

Prior to joining EMSI, Taylor worked for Chainbridge Technologies where he served as an analyst for the CBRNResponder program, preparing and delivering trainings and exercises for various groups, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) team, several National Guard Civil Support Teams (CST), and many local and state agencies. CBRNResponder is a single, secure platform for all chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incident data sharing and multi-hazard event management that is sponsored by FEMA.

In his current role, Taylor supports EMSI with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA) contracts. An integral part of the team, he assists in the national implementation of NIMS, advising stakeholders on NIMS adoption and implementation, and coordinating training and exercises. In addition, Taylor coordinates EMSI’s logistics, travel, and team assignments to support the DOE NNSA national Incident Management Team, in addition to serving as a Situation Unit Leader and Resources Unit Leader on the IMT.

Since joining EMSI, Taylor has responded to several large incidents on behalf of our clients. As a responder in 2019, he deployed to Seattle, WA, to provide Incident Command System support for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Incident Response in response to a radiological release at the University of Washington. There he meticulously kept track of all personnel and equipment, which was critical to successful tactical planning and operational proficiency. His detailed resource management also ensured off incident tracking was on target, allowing for continuous accuracy for cost accountability. As a result, he was awarded the Secretary of Energy’s highest award in recognition of successful emergency response, recovery, stabilization, and incident management of the breached radioactive source in Seattle, WA. The NEST IMT managed the response for six months and was credited in the Joint Investigation Team report with establishing the organization and process necessary for effective response management and coordination.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor responded to the Mercedes-Benz Community Vaccination Center in Atlanta, GA, where as a Division Supervisor he oversaw staff, activities, functions, flows, and processes in Non-Clinical Areas, to include coordination and training of new Non-Clinical Staff. His detailed reporting and daily out-brief to Operations enabled decision makers to plan for each next operational period and ensured no vaccine was wasted at the end of each period.

Taylor holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Political Science with a minor in Legal and Security Studies from The University of Mississippi. He also holds ICS qualifications as a Division/Group Supervisor, Resources Unit Leader, and Situation Unit Leader.