Yuri Graves (Police Services) became president of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) on June 1. In that position, he can effect change and cooperation as well as facilitate assistance with emergency management and public safety issues among various Nevada jurisdictions, tribes, and other stakeholders across the state. And, UNLV now has first-hand access to a team of Nevada's most dedicated emergency professionals, whose mission is for a more prepared and safe Nevada. As Graves dives into his presidency, partnering with Nevada's Division of Emergency Management (NV DEM) and adjacent state and international preparedness associations, he will bring a wealth of knowledge and support to campus. Graves, who spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, has led disaster preparedness, response, and recovery missions through typhoons, tsunamis, and volcanoes.