David Raths

Contributing Writer

David Raths is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine.

October 21, 2016

Increased Connectivity Brings Cybersecurity Threats to 911 Call Centers

Accompanying important benefits of the switch from analog to digital, one challenge looms large: the increased risk of cyberattacks on 911 call centers.

May 10, 2016

Could the Flint, Mich., Debacle Put Focus on Decaying Water Infrastructure?

If there is one potentially positive side effect of the situation, it could be that all the media attention shines a light on the larger water infrastructure problems the U.S. faces.

July 23, 2015

Social Media: The Next Level

An experiment helps responders integrate social media into disaster response.

February 3, 2015

How a Warming Climate Impacts Public Health

Greater climate variability means regions of the country can expect to see new types of human health hazards. Here’s what you should know.

January 20, 2015

NYC Talks Data Needs for Disease Outbreak Management

Better health IT integration and rapid access to clinical and lab data are critical for evaluating persons under investigation during an outbreak.

November 14, 2014

How Illinois Counties Overcame the Barriers to Next-Gen 911

Policy and legal issues prove more challenging than technological ones but southern Illinois counties prevail.

April 9, 2014

Next-Generation 911: What You Need to Know

An explanation of what next-generation 911 is, implementation challenges and how soon it will become a reality.

March 26, 2014

Transition to Next-Gen 911 Requires Governance, Funding Changes

There’s a movement under way to evolve to a next-generation 911 system based on modern IP-based networks that take advantage of capabilities like text and video messaging.

February 28, 2014

FirstNet Needs State Technology Chiefs to Play Vital Role

States have lots of questions about FirstNet; here’s why chief information officers are key to making it work.

September 20, 2013

7 Ways the Response to a Devastating Earthquake Has Changed

How emergency response would be different than it was 24 years ago following the Loma Prieta earthquake.

October 10, 2012

FirstNet: Answers to Key Questions

The national public safety broadband network board must hit the ground running to deal with funding, governance, partnerships and broadband projects already in progress.

June 4, 2012

Real-Time Public Health Data Improves Situational Awareness

Syndromic surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and provide important data to emergency management personnel.

September 13, 2011

Universities Team with IT to Increase Safety on Campus

Universities bridge the cultural divide between IT, campus safety and emergency management.

May 28, 2010

Matchmaking Portal Applies Private-Sector Expertise to Disaster Response

Aidmatrix conducts matchmaking between donors and relief organizations involving the tracking, warehousing, transportation and distribution of products and services.

May 17, 2010

Private-Sector Organizations Earn a Seat in the Emergency Operations Center

Since Hurricane Katrina, the public and private sectors have joined hands during disasters.

April 13, 2010

Consolidation Moves Local Government IT Chief Into the Emergency Communications Center

Roanoke County, Va., consolidated public safety and information technology operations into one department, but putting an IT person in charge of 911 is proving to be a good match.

June 22, 2009

How Stimulus Money Will Benefit Public Safety

Federal grants will benefit public safety but come with limits in some cases.

November 14, 2008

Southern California Braces for the Big One During Earthquake Drill

ShakeOut prepares residents for biggest quake in 100 years.

August 4, 2008

911 Systems Upgrade to Accept Text Messages and Video

IP-based networks help call centers move beyond voice communications.

April 2, 2008

Virtual Worlds Help Public Safety Officials Practice for Real-Life Threats

Full-scale exercises are expensive and time-consuming, while simulation allows for exercising a mass casualty event at less cost and with more flexibility.

August 27, 2007

Stuck in a Storm

The unacceptable response to a Valentine's Day snowstorm in Pennsylvania prompts an emergency management investigation.

May 5, 2006

Preparing for Pandemic

Hospitals and health systems begin the difficult task of preparing themselves for avian flu.

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