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.
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.
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 Anthony Mangeri
Emergency managers must be able to effectively inform the public during times of crisis. Learn how emergency managers develop relationships and build trust and credibility with media outlets before an incident or disaster.
It has been five years since an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico failed causing one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The emergency and disaster response to this spill had to be both immediate and sustained as the uncapped oil well, owned by BP, released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil for 87 straight days.
In this this podcast, Dr. Chris Reynolds, who was an EDM liaison with the U.S. Coast Guard and worked closely with the clean-up crews, provides insight about the lessons learned and the impacts on future disaster preparedness planning.
By Dr. Shana Nicholson, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University
Many people consider their pets members of their immediate family. However, when it comes to disaster planning, very few families take the time to consider what will happen to pets if residents need to leave their home during a disaster.
By Dennis Porter
Recently there has been a new round of interest concerning the need to protect our nation from an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack, or a similar scenario, that would cause the collapse of our national electric grid.
A recent article in Homeland Security Today featured Dr.