By: Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs’ Emergency Manager was promoted to serve as Director of Emergency Management, Special Events & City Security.
It was announced on Thursday that City Manager Frank Babinec appointed Alexander Falcone, to serve in the position.
Babinec said Falcone had demonstrated great leadership in the field of emergency management during and after weather-related events like Hurricane Irma, and in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy.
“Promoting Alex to serve as Director of Emergency Management, Special Events & City Security will not only ensure our City’s resiliency but prepare and prevent potential hazards,” he said.
Falcone has always had a strong call to public service, starting his career as a seasonal law enforcement officer with the Cape May City Police Department and then as a Mitigation Planner and Lead Mitigation Planner for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He has experience managing various types of complex emergencies at both the state and local levels.
Falcone attended Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business and earned a graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
In 2017, he was recognized as the Coral Springs Police Department’s Employee of the Year. In 2018, he graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and in 2019, he was recognized as a National Finalist in the highly competitive White House Fellowship program.
Falcone developed the ALERT Coral Springs emergency management tool to communicate with residents during emergencies leading our City to earn the Storm Ready Community designation from the National Weather Service.
Throughout his career, Falcone has served on various regional workgroups, including the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, UASI Urban Area Work Group, and Broward County Local Mitigation Strategy. He was previously the Emergency Management Sub-Committee chair for the Broward County Fire Chiefs Association; and is the First-Vice Chair for the Emergency Coordinating Council. He is also a member of the Coral Springs Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team.
As Director, Falcone will continue to oversee the Office of Emergency Management, direct the security strategies for City facilities, and develop operational safety plans for large-scale, City-run events.