Nov 08, 2018
Mark Bauserman
Chimacum School Community Preparedness

Mark Bauserman, a native of Kalamazoo Michigan, holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Michigan Tech. University.  He moved his wife and son to Port Hadlock, in August of 2015 from San Pedro California, after getting hooked on the Port Townsend area while attending several Banjo Camps at Fort Flagler.  His son Jesse is in 12th grade.  Mark’s main passion for theatrical, motion picture and architectural lighting led him to positions in sales and consulting followed by a 29-year career at Paramount Pictures as head of Facilities Engineering and Utilities.  His infrastructure upgrades served over 350 TV and Motion Picture projects from the likes of Happy Days to the Star Trek feature film series. After retiring from Paramount in 2011 he worked on the development of LED lighting spectrometers and sold intelligent lighting systems until his move north.  Mark loves skiing, bowling, golfing, sailing and jamming with the locals on the Banjo.


His interest in emergency preparation came from understanding that if there was a large quake he would not be able to reach his son in Port Townsend, from their home is Port Hadlock, for many days.  He started with obtaining his HAM radio license and co-teaching a HAM class for the school and community. He then built a 35lb. go-bag for his son which caught the eye of the head of the school. This led to the head of the school and the DEM, under Lynn Sterbenz, requesting that he and the DEM’s Keppie Keplinger, teach a 12-week class in emergency preparation at the school.  Through his HAM relationships, he connected the downtown tsunami exposed school with an NPREP neighborhood immediately uptown. The NPREP leader of the neighborhood arranged for a vacant lot to be the schools place of refuge and donated a shed to store their emergency supplies in. He later joined the Jefferson County NPREP group, at the DEM, as a community trainer and continued his research into emergency preparation for his family and neighborhood.  He is a graduate of Clallam County’s CERT Training Program and is assisting in the Jefferson County CERT Program.


In 2017 his son moved to the Chimacum School District.  He took an interest in the district’s emergency operations plan and met with Superintended Rick Thompson to see what could be done to enhance their plan in the areas of natural disaster and active shooter training.   A very receptive and safety committed administration embraced this idea which has led to the drafting of a new plan by Ginny Munger, a retired Bremerton Teacher / NPREP member volunteer. Thompsons’s passion and commitment to safety has led the school to doing their first ALICE Active Shooter Staff Training and starting the implementation process of the new Emergency Operations Plan.  He feels that schools should be a natural extension of the NPREP neighborhood mission and that imbedded CERT skills, being introduced to NPREP, should also extend into the schools.



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