Margaret Steen

Contributing Writer

Margaret Steen is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine.

July 29, 2015

Virtual Operations Support Teams Monitor Incidents via Social Media

VOSTs help emergency managers tame the flow of information from social media.

April 14, 2015

How to Develop an Effective Internship Program

A successful internship benefits both emergency management students and agencies.

January 27, 2015

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: What Will It Be?

The danger of pandemics has become greater than ever.

November 12, 2014

Are Unmanned Aircraft a Savior or Threat?

Unmanned aircraft can be a viable public safety tool but uncertainties and privacy concerns have held them back.

September 15, 2014

How to Recruit, Retain and Organize Volunteers

Developing a volunteer program before disaster strikes can be invaluable. Here’s how to do it.

July 21, 2014

Alaska Aims to Store Emergency Food Supply for 40,000 People

The state, with its unique setting, works to secure its food supply.

May 21, 2014

Funding Cuts Threaten Public Health and Worry Officials

Budget cuts are a particular cause for concern because they affect many public health efforts, from tracking disease outbreaks to encouraging vaccinations.

April 1, 2014

Emergency Management: There's an App for That

Emergency managers and the public now have easy access to information for most disaster scenarios.

July 1, 2013

Researchers Retask Sensor Networks to Detect New Hazards

In the future, sensors traditionally used to detect temperature or noise could be utilized by emergency managers and first responders to enhance their response.

May 6, 2013

Protecting the Water Supply Requires a Multipronged Approach

There are numerous, ongoing threats to our water supply. Some of them could be catastrophic.

March 21, 2013

Tablets’ Mobility, Connectivity Lead to Adoption by Emergency Managers

However, many in the emergency management community are still determining the best way to use them.

January 17, 2013

LTE Test Provides Insight into Nationwide Public Safety Network

A system tested at the 2012 Republican National Convention gave a glimpse into the possible future of public safety communications.

July 27, 2012

What Emergency Managers Need to Know About CMAS

The Commercial Mobile Alert System uses modern technology to deliver emergency alerts to targeted audiences.

May 21, 2012

Business EOCs Improve Public-Private Relationships

Whether physical or virtual, the purpose of the BEOC is to help the community return to normal faster and mitigate the damage caused by the disaster.

March 28, 2012

Professionals Debate the Need for Emergency Management Certification

Emergency managers disagree about how useful the CEM certification is to individuals and to the profession.

August 3, 2011

Deadliest Spring: Tornado Outbreaks Pushed Emergency Managers to the Limit

Tornado outbreaks created a deadly spring and devastated some cities.

July 29, 2011

California Analyzes Cell Phone Calls to 911 to Improve Public Safety

Project RED determines how best to route cellular 911 calls — initially all calls went through the state Highway Patrol.

April 20, 2011

Game-Changing Trends Beg Evolution of Emergency Management Planning

Emergency management will change as the population shifts, funding streams change and threats like terrorism evolve.

November 29, 2010

Safeguarding the Rails: Four Avenues for Increasing Security

Rail security has always been a challenge, but the stakes are growing.