Mike Talbot has more than 29 years of public affairs, communications and emergency preparedness experience in the nuclear industry, civilian projects of the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy’s national laboratory system, including practical applications of public affairs strategies and leadership in emergency and crisis communications. His experience includes managing the Department of Energy’s emergency preparedness program at the Hanford Site, acting as DOE’s Office of Science Communications Director, directing the Hanford Communications Office, and representing DOE as a media spokesman and in various public speaking venues. He served five years in DOE’s emergency response support to FEMA and was deployed nationally to Alaska, Georgia and Louisiana.
As a public affairs officer for DOE, Mike was responsible for developing and/or implementing a variety of communications strategies including the original release of environmental monitoring documents concerning the early years of the Hanford Site. He was DOE’s representative to the Tri-Party Agreement committee that authored the public participation requirements section of the Tri-Party Agreement covering clean up of the Hanford Site and oversaw implantation of multiple DOE outreach efforts related to ongoing clean up progress throughout the 1990’s. The outreach programs included routine travel to communities throughout the Hanford region representing DOE in speaking engagements and consultations. Talbot provided DOE emergency support to FEMA during hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Gustav. He founded Pro-Flight Productions in 2010 and provides voice talent for radio/tv commercials, corporate narrations, and web presentations locally, regionally and nationally and is a recognized emcee.