Chase Selby is all about disaster recovery, on and off the clock.
He said every community is vulnerable to a disaster, but cities of fewer than 200,000 may not have a point of contact or any long-term recovery plan. So Selby is lending his expertise in an unofficial capacity to Saline County and his hometown of Benton.
He earned his degree in environmental science from the University of Central Arkansas and went to work for CTEH, a consulting firm specializing in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, the same day he graduated.
He recalled responding to the 2010 BP oil spill, damage in Texas from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey and the COVID outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. Selby led CTEH’s creation of some of the first pandemic protocols, too. He called it “one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects, where you get to work with a lot of governments on really cutting-edge science with a singular problem they’re interested in fixing.”
He also took the call from Lions Gate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer about implementing pandemic protocols so that filming in Hollywood could resume.