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FEMA’s New Strategic Plan: What This Means for Federal Emergency Response

By Giles Hoback, III, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management & Fire Science Management at American Public University

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just released its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, including updates to its mission priorities, key outcomes, and stakeholder communication. The new plan was developed in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and takes its foundation from the same review.

Don’t Fear Theory: The Role of Criminal Justice Theory on Your Department’s Policies

By Dr. Vincent Giordano Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

Whenever I mention the word “theory” to students I am met with a combination of emotions, including dread, confusion and the occasional fear in regards to math! Often these mixed emotions are due to a lack of understanding of what theory is and how it impacts the study of criminal justice.

Rehabilitation: A Shift in How the Criminal Justice System Addresses Drug Offenders

By Dr. Vincent Giordano, Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

Since the late 1900s, there has been a shift in how the criminal justice system deals with drug offenders by creating alternatives to lengthy prison sentences. Prior to the shift, the war on drugs resulted in large numbers of individuals being incarcerated for a multitude of offenses ranging from drug possession to drug trafficking.

Emergency and Disaster Response: Is the U.S. Better at It Now?

By Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University

If you ask someone from Louisiana to characterize the federal government’s response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, you would likely receive a viscerally negative reaction. Indeed, commenting on the post-Katrina response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a spokesperson for Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco uttered these now famous and often-quoted words in a New York Times article: “We wanted soldiers, helicopters, food, and water… They wanted to negotiate an organizational chart.”

Fast forward seven years for a very different assessment of the federal government’s response—this time to Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the New Jersey coast.

Hurricane Season Has Officially Begun: Tips for Preparation & Cleanup

By Evan Rosenberg, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Public University

Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast means dealing with hurricanes and their after-effects. The impact of a storm can affect one’s life for months, if not years, after it makes landfall. Survivors may be facing loss of job, loss of child-care options, loss of value in the residence, and more.