By Leischen Stelter
With no advanced warning, residents of Oroville, California had to evacuate their homes after officials discovered a major hole in a dam that, if it collapsed, would flood the community. Learn how public and private organizations provided immediate support to citizens during this emergency.
By Kurt Binversie
The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues to cause major destruction. Learn how members of the public pitched in by using GIS-enabled technology to help emergency officials identify areas that needed immediate disaster response.
By Anthony Mangeri
Public information officers (PIOs) must also be able to collect, assess, and share verified information with the public and the media via press briefings, website management, and social media. Learn how mass media is one of many tools available for PIOs to convey risks to the public before, during, and after a disaster.
The field of emergency management has changed a lot in recent years. Many current emergency managers have hands-on experience but often do not have an academic background in the field, while new or aspiring emergency managers often have an emergency and disaster management education, but not much experience. AMU student George Navarini, who recently was elected to a student leadership position within the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has a plan to bring those two groups together so they can learn from one another.
On June 29, 2012, a derecho brought devastation to many Mid-Atlantic states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia and the District of Columbia. This incident highlighted the need for community preparedness, especially in rural areas. Dr. Shana Nicholson shares the lessons learned by small communities in West Virginia and how public safety agencies and citizens are working hard together so they're better prepared for the next disaster.
On August 29, Mississippi will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the single greatest natural disaster ever experienced by the state. APU professor Juanita Graham writes about her experience seeing the devastation soon after Hurricane Katrina hit and again in a recent visit 10 years later. Graham writes about the challenges Mississippi continues to face when it comes to public health and how health professionals can prepare for the next disaster.