By Dennis Porter
If the power grid goes down, everything that relies on electricity will become inoperable. The possibility of such an event may be more likely than you think. Find out more about potential threats to the power grid and how agencies can prepare.
By Leischen Stelter
There’s always someone on your holiday gift list who is a challenge to buy for. This Christmas, give the gift of preparedness by including these items in an emergency car kit for your loved ones. May they never have to use this kit, but if they find themselves in an emergency situation know that your preparedness can help save their life, or the life of someone else.
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.
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.
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.
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.