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Bridging Generations in Emergency Management

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.

Technology Is Making Us Safer, But Always More Work To Be Done

There have been great advancements within public safety technology that have helped make communities safer and first responders more capable. However, there are always gaps present and areas in need of improvement. Major incident responses—such as Sept. 11 or Superstorm Sandy—exposed issues that need to be resolved to improve public safety response. As a result of the after-action reviews of these major incidents there was a national push to improve technology, especially technology involved in communications. AMU professor Giles Hoback discusses the benefits of such technology and the ongoing need for public safety agencies to embrace constant change.

Preparing for a Disaster: How to Always Be Ready

What does it mean to be prepared for a disaster? With hurricane season upon us—coupled with all the other potential emergencies that exist in our communities—it is only fitting to discuss strategies for preparedness. While no emergency can be predicted, there are some general guidelines and supplies that individuals can have in order to be prepared when disaster strikes. AMU professor Giles Hoback provides tips on preparing for a disaster.

After-Action Report: Learning From Baltimore’s Response to Riots

Protests in modern society are very different from even a decade ago. Emergency planners and public safety leaders must understand that protests are not always locally driven and they must take an interpretative role to assess and protect protesters who have legitimate concerns from those with intent to insight riots. Striking this balance, as evidenced by the Baltimore riots, is not an easy task.

Read more about the June meeting of the Baltimore City Local Emergency Planning Committee, who met for the first time following the riots and civil unrest. Learn more about the chain of events that led up to the riots, which damaged or destroyed more than 300 stores, and the lessons learned from the city's unified response to this widespread civil unrest.

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.