Jim McKay

Contributing Editor

Jim McKay is the editor of Emergency Management magazine. He lives in Orangevale, Calif., with his daughter, Ellie, and son, Ronan. He relaxes by fly fishing on the Truckee River for big, wild trout.

May 15, 2020

Texas Hospital District Gathers, Shares COVID-19 Data in Real Time

The Montgomery County, Texas, Hospital District deployed a system to collect and analyze information in near real time, allowing infectious disease specialists and other officials to make critical, informed decisions.

April 9, 2020

Oregon Deploys Coronavirus Triage Tool to Glean, Dispense Data

C19Oregon.com is an online triage tool that cities and counties can use to dispense coronavirus information that is tailored to a certain area and also collect data about where coronavirus cases may be clustering.

March 24, 2020

Emily Ward

State Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Health

March 26, 2019

Geoff Brown

Chief Information Security Officer, New York City

September 1, 2018

Schools and Police Partner to Ensure Security

As campus safety grows ever-more important, neither schools nor law enforcement can tackle threat prevention alone.

March 28, 2018

TJ Kennedy

Former President, FirstNet

March 29, 2017

Gerald “Jay” English

Public Safety Program Manager, National Coordinating Center for Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

November 9, 2016

2016 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Transparency, Security, Infrastructure

This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.

March 23, 2016

Jack Dangermond

President, Esri

March 30, 2015

Developing Preparedness and Recovery Plans with Design Thinking

San Francisco uses the concept of sampling before finishing the final product.

March 24, 2015

Marty Cetron

Director, Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 24, 2015

Brian Fontes

CEO, National Emergency Number Association

January 14, 2015

Ebola Response Provides Key Lessons for Risk Communications

The CDC fumbled initial communications about Ebola transmission but recovered. What about next time?

November 24, 2014

Strategies for Defending the Border and Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Paul Stockton, the former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, discusses the strategy of "security in depth."

October 3, 2014

5 Strategies for Getting the Public to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Incentives and opting out can be effective ways to get public buy-in for alert notifications.

September 15, 2014

Chief Resilience Officers: Coming to Your City?

Chief resilience officers begin to guide cities toward a future that’s better prepared for physical, social and economic challenges.

July 10, 2014

Are Schools Focusing Too Much on the Active Shooter Scenario?

Experts say the training and security measures focused on school shootings are flawed and overshadow more common types of violence on campus.

July 3, 2014

Lessons Learned from the Response to the Oso, Wash., Mudslide

Urban search and rescue task force leader Thomas Richardson discusses challenges during the response and how volunteers were incorporated.

May 27, 2014

The Science of Predicting Climate Change and Future Flooding

A study of stream gauge records for the past 100 years shows that precipitation has been increasing in the Northeastern U.S., and that heavier precipitation events have been getting heavier.

April 25, 2014

Advice for Emergency Managers on How to Deal with Cyberthreats

The cyberthreat is here to stay and will, either directly or indirectly, impact the emergency manager.

April 24, 2014

Former CIA Analyst Discusses How to Target Terrorists

Nada Bakos was part of a team that identified and analyzed intelligence that eventually led to the demise of Osama bin Laden.

February 25, 2014

Boston Social -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

Cheryl Fiandaca (left), public information bureau chief, Boston Police Department, Lindsay Crudele, community and social technology strategist, Boston DoIT

February 18, 2014

How Sandy Changed Social Media Strategies in New York City

The New York City Fire Department’s social media manager, Emily Rahimi, remembers Hurricane Sandy and addresses how social media use during emergencies has evolved.

April 19, 2013

FirstNet Board Is Off to an 'Optimistic' Start

Kevin McGinnis is helping to drive the FirstNet board toward the creation of a nationwide public safety network.

February 27, 2013

Chuck Dowd -- 2013 GT Top 25 Winner

Commanding Officer, New York City Police Department Communications Division

February 13, 2013

Why So Quiet on the Cyberthreat?

Jarno Limnell talks cyberthreats and vulnerabilities in the United States.

May 24, 2011

Las Vegas Fusion Center Is a Model for Public-Private Collaboration

What happens in Las Vegas is filtered through unique layers of security and vetted by the fusion center.

February 17, 2011

Joe Bruno

Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management

March 3, 2009

Steve Jennings: Harris County CIO Solves Texas-Size Communication Challenges

Steve Jennings: Harris County CIO Solves Texas-Size Communication Challenges

March 3, 2009

Randell Iwasaki: CalTrans Chief Deputy Pushes Environmental Engineering

Randell Iwasaki: CalTrans Chief Deputy Pushes Environmental Engineering

January 20, 2009

California Demonstrates Interoperability of Damage Assessment Data

State is building toward statewide mobile field inspection capabilities.

March 27, 2008

License Plate Readers Help Police

Police laud license plate readers as the next big thing in law enforcement.

February 29, 2008

Craig Fugate, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Craig Fugate, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

August 31, 2007

CIO in the Show

Equipping a Major League Baseball team with IT isn't all fun and games.

May 8, 2007

Nuts and Bolts

The technology side of radio interoperability should be the easy part.

April 30, 2007

Forgotten Coroners

Coroners' offices struggle to find 21st-century information systems.

January 3, 2007

Eric Holdeman, Director, King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management

Eric Holdeman, Director, King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management

March 8, 2006

Greg Meffert: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

Immediately after Katrina, the city's Web site developed into a source for New Orleans residents to get data

September 27, 2004

Funding Collaboration

'Information can be put together so it can be shared across organizations. Right now, that's a phone call for the city manager to find out what's happening -- why is that fire truck going down the street? What's happening? A phone call is the only way they have to communicate it'

October 8, 2002

Cyber-Security: Getting a Grip

Computer attacks are common and often not reported when detected. Such breaches pose a significant threrat to the enterprise.

November 30, 2000

The H-1B Visa Debate

Recent debates on the controversial issues of H-1B visas culminated, for the time, with President Clinton's signing of legislation to increase the number of high-tech-oriented H-1B visas given out yearly to skilled foreign workers.

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