By Rosie Rosati
Asbestos is a toxin linked to cancer and can still be found in many older homes. From 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, there are lessons to be learned from how asbestos is handled in the aftermath of a disaster.
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.
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.