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Crisis Action Plans for Critical Infrastructure: Learn from Flint, Michigan

By Kevin Kupietz

Modern emergency management services plan for disasters through crisis action plans, but are communities prepared for infrastructure failures, such as dangerous public water supplies? Here's why emergency managers around the country need to study the situation in Flint and build crisis action plans so their community is prepared to face a similar disaster.

It Takes a Community to Be Prepared for Disaster

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.

Budget Cuts Threaten EMS and Emergency Management Agencies

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.

Integrating Drones into Disaster Response Operations

On April 25, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through the heart of central Nepal. The resulting devastation crippled the region, razing entire villages and cities. As with any natural disaster, the main challenge for search and rescue teams is safely locating and rescuing people who have been injured, trapped in debris, or cut off from urbanized areas. However, a series of aftershocks coupled with Nepal's mountainous landscape and poor infrastructure made it extremely difficult for rescue teams to reach impacted areas. Read more about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, can be extremely beneficial to rescue operations and why U.S. public safety agencies should be pushing for federal regulations to allow them to use drones for disaster response.

Give the Gift of Preparedness: Ensure Loved Ones Are Ready for Disaster

Tis the season for giving. As the last weekend before Christmas approaches, there are likely people on your list that you don’t know what to get. Consider this the perfect opportunity to show how much you care by purchasing items that could help keep them safe during an emergency. Even expected events, like snowstorms in the Northeast, can quickly escalate to an emergency if people aren’t prepared.

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.