For over 13 years, Nikko Quiggins has helped families impacted by disasters through her leadership roles at the national, state, regional and county levels involving complex catastrophic incident response planning efforts for disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorist incidents. She also has helped families live long and healthy lives through her dedication to public health and safety initiatives that champion the power of prevention. Having grown up on a farm in Maryland, Nikko also has a special interest in families raising healthy and happy animals, growing fresh and nutrition dense organic foods as well as the family bond that grows through the trials and triumphs of farm life.
Nikko is a safety professional. She has served at the national level as the Director, of Workforce Preparedness Policy for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Through research, she supported State Health officials as they developed public policy to address public health issues including clean water, safe food, disease outbreaks, and household /workplace injuries. During this time, Nikko was engaged as a liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, she served as the preparedness coordinator at the Dare County Department of Public Health where she was recruited to be a member of the Epidemiological Team that was tasked with investigating disease outbreaks such as whooping cough, E. coli, and MRSA.
Nikko is also an emergency management expert. Her experience and expertise in gives her a unique perspective regarding safety involving daily activities as well as survival during disasters. She owns her own woman-owned emergency management consulting business, Disaster Dynamics, LLC based out of Houston, TX. She also currently serves as a Incident Management Team member for BCFS Emergency Management Division, an international emergency response company.
As a past senior emergency management planner for the international firm, URS Corporation, Nikko has written dozens of emergency response plans for the San Francisco Bay Area, the State of Massachusetts, the State of Arkansas, the St. Louis Region, and counties in North Carolina. Plans include topics such as sheltering, evacuation, debris management, donations management, security, animal health, chemical releases, and fatality management. She has also served as part of senior teams to test emergency response plans through exercises for major air and surface transportation companies, law enforcement agencies, and ports.
She has managed and/or served in Emergency Operations Centers during disasters including transportation disasters, a terrorist attack, and natural disasters. Nikko is a former North Carolina firefighter and EMT and has training in Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. She was twice elected to the Colington Fire Department Board of Directors. As the Manager, Commercial Services for Kenyon International Emergency Services, an international disaster response company, Nikko has managed over 65 international catastrophic incident emergency response accounts for airlines, oil companies, medflight transport companies, and governments.
Farming and Organic Living
Nikko is a life-long animal lover and small farm advocate. She grew up on a farm in Maryland where her mom and dad taught her all about the raising animals such as pigs, cows, ducks, and chickens and growing lush gardens full of tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and berries - all GMO free. They also laid a strong foundation for Nikko's entrepreneurial spirit.
For Nikko, her parent's determination to raise their kids on a farm was a dream come true that brought exciting and wonderful memories and life lessons that she still cherishes today. So much so that in 2013, Nikko served as a live-in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WOOF) volunteer for Falster Farm in Winnsboro, Texas, which is an amazing sustainable, organic farm that raises miniature cattle in a low stress environment, and they are fed nutrient dense grass. Owners, Nancy and Karl Falster, are the epitome of all that is right with small bio-dynamic farming. They work tirelessly to educate the public, veterans, and volunteers about sustainable farming to increase individual self-sufficiency. They also raises chickens, red waddle pigs, and 11 colonies of wild honey bees. This was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn even more about bio-dynamic farming and healthy eating for a healthier family.
Connect with Nikko
You can connect with Nikko Quiggins via LinkedIn where she stays connected with experts in her field from around the globe.