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.
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.
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.
By Giles Hoback, III, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Public University
At some point in our careers, we have all had to call for backup. Now getting information and electronic “backup” is much easier with the widespread use of cloud computing, smartphones, and apps tailored to specific functions.
By Giles Hoback III
Faculty Member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University
In today’s world of planning for all types of threats and hazards, cross-training, and multi-agency responses, the need for educated and experienced emergency management personnel is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a modest growth of 3,900 positions (over a 12% increase) by 2020. Individuals with a law enforcement or military background should consider this type of position because they have been trained to work in high stress environments, have adaptive critical thinking, teamwork and leadership skills, as well as problem solving and multi-tasking abilities.