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.
In the wake of the 2008 great recession, budgets and financial concerns have been at the forefront of policy making throughout the United States. Perhaps one of the most frustrating elements about working in emergency management and emergency medical services (EMS) are the constant threat of budget cuts. Citizens are also impacted by such budget cuts and many communities are facing cuts to their 9-1-1 emergency system. Read more from AMU professor Allison Knox about budget cuts and the impacts it has on public safety and emergency response.
If you are new to the field of emergency and disaster management and want to understand what an emergency management program is, take some time and get involved in an Emergency Management Standard program (EMAP) assessment. AMU EDM professor Daniel Hahn is also the Plans Section Chief for the Santa Rosa County Florida, Division of Emergency Management. Learn more about his experience going through the EMAP assessment and the benefits of conducting an in-depth evaluation of the program.
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.
On Sept. 9, 120 high school students in New York City will begin a unique academic adventure that teaches them the skills and knowledge they need to be in emergency management.
You read that right: high school.
Frankly, I would be shocked if 20 percent of high school guidance counselors in the country knew that emergency management was a potential profession and here is an entire school dedicated to developing EM leaders!