In this podcast episode, AMU's Drs. Kate Brannum and Michelle Watts discuss their research examining how a mostly volunteer fire service in Guatemala responded to the catastrophic eruption of Volcan de Fuego in 2018 with minimal financial support from the government.
By Drs. Kate Brannum and Michelle Watts
After a volcanic eruption in Guatemala, firefighters gave time, energy, and money out of their own pockets to keep response efforts going. AMU faculty members interviewed some of those firefighters about the country's reliance on volunteers for disaster response, despite the lack of government support and resources.
By Michele Ice
When southwest Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael, local responders were overwhelmed so the Georgia Incident Management Response Team stepped in to help out. Learn about one firefighter's experience during the response and why she encourages all first responders to volunteer.
By Liam O'Brien
Social media and volunteered mapping played a crucial role in directing response to recent disasters, but the massive influx of information created its own challenges. How will this technology continue to impact future emergency management efforts?
By Faylin Mutch
As many local governments face budget cuts, it can be challenging to maintain strong working partnerships. Learn how this county enhanced its collaboration, preparedness, and partnerships during a federally funded FEMA-driven, county-wide emergency management exercise.
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.