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Allison G. S. Knox

Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.

Floods in Uganda Have Lessons for Future Disaster Management 

By Allison G. S. Knox

Natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes can devastate communities. Learn how such destruction is multiplied during the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing socioeconomic, environmental, and other social challenges.

Coronavirus and a Stressed Emergency Management System

By Allison G. S. Knox

The coronavirus pandemic continues to test the nation's emergency management system. What lessons will be learned from this disaster to improve future response efforts?

PTSD Legislation Needed as Active Shootings Increase

By Allison G. S. Knox

An increase in active shooter incidents has contributed to PTSD problems among first responders. Learn why it's so important to address mental healthcare among public safety professionals and support PTSD legislation.

Changing Organizational Culture to Improve Mental Health

By Allison G. S. Knox

Many first responders struggle with PTSD and mental health issues due to the nature of their job. In order to help them, leaders must first ensure the organization's culture is both positive and supportive.

The Changing Landscape of Emergency Medical Services

By Allison G. S. Knox

Healthcare is experiencing demands and changes that are affecting the overall management and administration of emergency medical services. Find out how the Community Paramedicine Model is changing patient care by letting patients be treated at home.

Dorian Exposed Vulnerability to Category 5 Hurricanes

By Allison G. S. Knox

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas highlighted just how vulnerable a community can be to natural disasters. Learn more about vulnerability and how communities can best prepare for potentially devastating storms.

Fire Departments Are Learning Specialized Rescue Swimming

By Allison G. S. Knox

Some fire departments are training teams in rescue swimming to prepare for water-related emergency calls. This is costly and members require regular training sessions to keep their skills up-to-date, so departments must be able to justify this specialization.