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Jim McKay


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

October 19, 2016

Speakers at IACP Conference Say They Lean on Training and Community Involvement

Police chiefs share their successes and challenges in combating societal ills.

August 5, 2015

Global Warming or Just a Dry Spell?

Californians are enduring a serious drought. Will we emerge better prepared for the future?

August 3, 2015

A Window of Opportunity: Rebuilding the Right Way

Much of today’s infrastructure needs rebuilding. What needs to be done before catastrophe strikes?

July 16, 2015

Sharpening the Narrative on Diversity in Emergency Management

Charles Sharp leads the Black Emergency Managers Association’s quest for inclusion.

June 11, 2015

Orchestrated Emergency Response Doesn’t Just Happen, It Takes Practice

Speakers at the National Homeland Security Conference discuss preparation and building relationships before an emergency.

May 4, 2015

Beyond the Chaos: 3 Stories of Those Under the Gun During Major Crises

These are the stories of the unique responses made by emergency managers during times of crisis.

May 1, 2015

How Emergency Management Is Becoming More Nationalized

New Orleans’ Eric Pickering has seen the cost of disasters and has warnings for the future.

April 10, 2015

The Ticking Rail Car: First Responders Are Preparing for the Worst

Railways are now carrying highly explosive Bakken crude oil, making emergency managers' jobs even tougher.

April 3, 2015

Louisiana State Animal Response Team Leads the Way in Animal Response

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is a partner in developing efficient emergency response for animals both large and small.

April 1, 2015

Lessons Taking Hold

Does it always take a disaster to hit a community before lessons take hold?

March 27, 2015

Developing Preparedness and Recovery Plans with Design Thinking

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

February 10, 2015

How HHS Is Developing Resiliency to Catastrophic Events

Speakers at the International Disaster Conference and Expo reveal Health and Human Services plans and warn of public health concerns.

January 26, 2015

School Specialty Launches SSI Guardian Active Shooter Instruction Program

Instructors include Secret Service, military, law enforcement and academic professionals.

January 13, 2015

Ebola Response Provides Key Lessons for Risk Communications

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

January 2, 2015

Emergency Management Will be More Mobile in 2015

December 23, 2014

Top Stories of 2014 Will Continue to Surface for Emergency Managers

Here are the editor’s picks for the top stories of 2014, which won’t end on New Year’s Day.

November 21, 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."

November 18, 2014

Washington State Mudslide: The New Normal

The Snohomish County emergency management director says the mudslide caught him off guard.

November 13, 2014

Emergency Management Researchers and Practitioners Team up for FEMA Publication

FEMA Higher Education Program releases a new book that bridges the research and practical divide on important emergency management topics.

November 10, 2014

Michigan Students STEP into Emergency Preparedness Teaching at Home

Student Tools for Emergency Planning program aims to educate fifth-grade students and their parents.

November 1, 2014

The Ebola Threat

Since Ebola symptoms are similar to the flu, people should be getting a flu shot to avoid even more confusion and hysteria.

October 23, 2014

6 States to Monitor Travelers from West Africa for Ebola, CDC Says

Through a conference call, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates Ebola virus guidelines and protocols.

October 16, 2014

Internal Logistics and Form of Government are Key to Resilient Cities Grant Jumpstart

Portland, Ore., is among the locations hoping for a Resilient Cities grant as Alameda, Calif., goes its own way.

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 30, 2014

Intentions to Action: Tips for Creating a Culture of Preparedness

Mary Schoenfeldt, of the Everett, Wash., Office of Emergency Management, shares her decades of expertise on increasing community preparedness.

September 24, 2014

Warnings about Islamic Terrorists Operating Within U.S. Borders as U.S., Allies Strike Syria

The U.S. is concerned about citizens leaving for training and then re-entering the country as a terrorist.

September 12, 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.

September 4, 2014

Parents Don’t Take Necessary Preparedness Measures, Report Says

Save the Children poll suggests that parents aren’t engaged enough in disaster preparedness and states are lacking in minimum standards.

September 1, 2014

Resiliency Begins Now

The ability to respond, mitigate and recover from disasters means being resilient.

August 26, 2014

Nevada Project Aims to Build Resiliency to Drought

Water for the Seasons will integrate various communities and stakeholders to define and develop resiliency, while creating a model for arid regions.

August 24, 2014

San Francisco Bay Area Quake Is Largest Since Devastating Loma Prieta in 1989

A state of emergency was declared as California’s wine country shakes from early morning temblor.

July 11, 2014

Cops on Campus: A Security ‘No-Brainer’

There are no real solutions to the active shooter scenario, but having a police presence on campus is an obvious measure.

July 9, 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

NOAA’s Mathias Collins discusses findings from a study of stream gauge records for the past 100 years.

May 13, 2014

Congress Tries (Again) to Sustain the National Flood Insurance Program

The program is $24 billion in debt and that deficit won’t be erased without reform.

May 1, 2014

Mark Ghilarducci and California Brace for Epic Drought, Fire

California's drought is forcing disaster managers to strategize about water conservation.

May 1, 2014

Paradox of Change

Trends suggest that the climate is warming, and whether you believe it’s happening because of man’s carbon footprint or naturally, the response should be one of preparing for the worst.

April 28, 2014

How the American Red Cross Is Assisting Oso, Wash.

Mike Byrne of the American Red Cross discusses the response to the devastating mudslide and how the Red Cross can aid community preparedness.

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.

March 19, 2014

How California’s Mark Ghilarducci Stays in Front of a Host of Threats

As director of the California Office of Emergency Services, Ghilarducci uses every bit of his 30 years of diverse service in the public and private sectors.

March 14, 2014

The National Guard’s Evolution Toward All-Hazards Response

After Hurricane Katrina the guard realized it had to improve its response to natural disasters, especially in California.

February 26, 2014

Human Trafficking Amid a Full Plate of Hazards for California Emergency Services

California has set up nine human trafficking task forces to rescue victims and help prosecute the perpetrators.

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.

February 14, 2014

Obama, California Officials Coalesce Around State’s Dire Drought Conditions

President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown tour the San Joaquin Valley and call for collaboration in response to the drought.

February 5, 2014

Boston’s Experience with Social Media Is Key During Emergencies

During emergency response to the marathon bombings and other crises, the city’s background using social media proved to be invaluable.

January 20, 2014

5 Trends for Emergency Management and Public Safety for 2014 and Beyond

These issues will continue to gain traction and attention in an increasingly complicated world.

January 1, 2014

Medics Entering 'Warm Zones' Will Save Lives (Column)

Medical personnel are following law enforcement's strategy and not waiting for the scene to be cleared before entering.

December 2, 2013

Lessons Learned for Facing the Public in Disaster

Harris County, Texas' Francisco Sanchez learned from Hurricane Katrina to give the public what it wants.

November 11, 2013

Is it Time to Develop a New Blueprint for Rebuilding?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of rebuilding for today, instead of rebuilding for the next generation.

November 1, 2013

More Costly Floods to Come (Column)

Flood defense has been designed for past conditions, and continuing the trend will be catastrophic.

October 30, 2013

Life-Changing Technologies: For Better and Worse

At IAEM, Rocco Casagrande discusses some dangerous ways technology could affect the future and homeland security.

October 29, 2013

Lessons Learned and Forgotten are Addressed at IAEM Conference

Dennis Mileti sounded an ominous tone in his call to reduce the consequences of natural hazards.

October 3, 2013

How San Francisco International Airport Stays Secure

Henry Thompson, associate deputy airport director of Operations and Security, discusses SFO's approach to security and training.

October 1, 2013

Emergency Management Named Magazine of the Year (Column)

We thank you for your interest and support.

September 18, 2013

Protecting Evacuees from Sexual Violence During Disasters Is an Important Priority

The chaos that sometimes defines disaster response unfortunately can create opportunities for violent people to act.

September 16, 2013

Inside SFO: A Tour of the Airport’s Safety Operations (VIDEO)

Emergency Management got a behind-the-scenes look at San Francisco International Airport’s EOC and security operations.

August 5, 2013

Search and Rescue Specialist Lives for the ‘Positive Addiction’

National Association for Search and Rescue President Dan Hourihan addresses the evolution of SAR and the importance of training.

July 25, 2013

Counterterrorism: The Needle in the Haystack (Opinion)

After spending about $100 billion a year on counterterrorism since 9/11, should we consider ourselves lucky that more attacks haven’t occurred or was the money well spent?

July 19, 2013

Active Shooter Workshop Teaches Communities to Win, not Survive

The University of California at Davis Police Department works to educate community organizations and members on how to react to an active shooter scenario.

July 9, 2013

Should the Boston Bombings Have Been Prevented?

Has the country been lucky or are homeland security officials and law enforcement getting good at preventing attacks?

June 18, 2013

Mayors Pledge to Develop Resilient Communities

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson helps launch the Resilient Communities for America campaign.

May 13, 2013

EMT Students Dodge Paintballs During Rescue Training

San Jacinto College EMT program in Houston incorporates care under fire exercises in curriculum.

May 2, 2013

Global Hawk Flies High, Offering a Detailed Hurricane Measurement

Scientists hope a new system for measuring hurricane intensity changes forecasting and response.

May 1, 2013

Following the Boston Marathon Bombing, We Must Stay Vigilant (Opinion)

Americans, however embattled over politics, sports or whatever, stand up and show their heart and courage during times like these.

April 18, 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.

April 15, 2013

Portland Testing Node Network in Case of Loss of Phone Service

Forty-eight sites will be stood up post-disaster, where citizens can go for communication needs and supplies.

April 8, 2013

Most Schools Are Ill-Prepared for an Active Shooter Scenario

It will take an all-hazards tactic, additional campus safety personnel and a new approach to building design for schools to become more hardened against the threat.

April 2, 2013

Sandy Refocuses Attention on Long-Term Recovery (Column)

It would be a shame to rebuild only to have the next storm cause Sandy-type damage to the same areas.

March 29, 2013

Mennonite Disaster Service Works with Communities to Rebuild Lives

The nonprofit’s disaster relief efforts are built upon decades of experience.

March 19, 2013

FEMA’s EMI Announces 32 Emergency Manager Professionals Program Graduates

The goal of the Emergency Manager Professionals Program is to send graduates back to their jurisdictions with enhanced emergency management skills.

February 26, 2013

Napolitano Addresses the Future Goals of DHS, Sequestration Cuts

With the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security looming, Secretary Janet Napolitano plots the future.

February 11, 2013

Why So Quiet on the Cyberthreat?

Jarno Limnell talks cyberthreats and vulnerabilities in the United States.

January 28, 2013

Sandy Created a Black Hole of Communication

Familiar issues, including lack of communication, crop up during Sandy and give lessons for the future.

January 14, 2013

Disaster Response Tool Would Identify Chemical Agents, Set Emergency Response in Motion

University researchers’ project could go live at the end of the year, giving Chattanooga, Tenn., a built-in disaster response system.

January 4, 2013

Votes on Sandy Aid Rescheduled After Canceled House Vote

New session of Congress will consider Sandy emergency aid after outrage followed canceled vote.

January 1, 2013

Lessons from Hurricane Sandy (Column)

Many are calling Sandy a watershed event, one of those disasters that sets in motion new best practices and offers lessons learned.

December 18, 2012

Sandy Hook School Probably Well Prepared as Heroes Emerge After Massacre

But schools and businesses in general need to prepare for all hazards and train regularly.

December 12, 2012

The Problems with Disaster Messaging (And How to Improve It)

Ana-Marie Jones of the nonprofit organization Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters addresses why preparedness messages fall short and how to reach more citizens.

December 3, 2012

Alerting Lessons from Irene Benefit N.J. Residents During Sandy

Jefferson Township, N.J., deploys Instant Alert after Irene just in time for superstorm Sandy.

November 12, 2012

The Preparedness Message Isn’t Reaching the Public

Everyone agrees that citizen preparedness isn’t what it should be. How can the issue be fixed?

November 7, 2012

Recovery Solution Helps Hospital During Telephone System Failure

Cyberattack sacks hospital telephone system but only temporarily thanks to redundancy.

October 29, 2012

IAEM, NWS Team up to Provide a Better Understanding of Weather

Hurricane Sandy provides the backdrop for National Weather Service session at the International Association of Emergency Managers conference.

October 17, 2012

Great ShakeOut Aims to Plant the Seeds of Survival into the Heads of Potential Earthquake Victims

California will be joined by several states and countries for the fifth annual earthquake ShakeOut drill.

October 15, 2012

UPS: Serving the Community During Times of Need

Robert Smith of UPS Air Group and Transportation Security addresses emergency management and how the company helps out in crisis situations all over the world.

October 5, 2012

The Gun Control Cop-Out (Opinion)

Usually tragedies with many victims spawn action, but gun control measures don’t follow mass shootings.

September 28, 2012

Why Is There $8 Billion of Backlogged Homeland Security Funding?

Federal officials have a message regarding unspent homeland security grants: Spend the money.

September 13, 2012

FEMA Corps Develops the Next Generation of Emergency Managers

FEMA partners with AmeriCorps to develop response teams and offer opportunities for young adults seeking emergency management careers.

September 5, 2012

Woeful Success Rate in Citizen Preparedness Suggests New Approaches are Necessary

A layered approach to alerting the public of impending harm is critical for response.

August 23, 2012

Who’s Prepared? Not Many (Opinion)

In most cases, amid their chaotic lives, many people have missed the preparedness memo.

August 17, 2012

GIS, Text and the Future of Next-Generation 911 Call Taking

Some public safety answering points can already receive text messages.

July 12, 2012

L.A. County Upgrades Interoperability, Braces for LTE

Twin-screen consoles will allow public safety dispatchers to form talk groups and track units in the field.

June 22, 2012

Gain the Public’s Trust, Dallas All-Hazards, All-Stakeholders Summit Attendees are Told

Changing demographics, including an aging, culturally diverse population will create future challenges.

June 13, 2012

Cybersecurity Curriculum on Tap for University of Maryland Students

Partnership with Northrop Grumman will provide honors students with tools to become cybersecurity professionals.

June 11, 2012

Wells Fargo Incident Manager on the Keys to Business Continuity

Chris Terzich, Wells Fargo’s vice president of incident management, addresses private-sector challenges during a crisis.

May 23, 2012

How 3-D Mapping Software Could Save First Responders’ Lives

Immersive Video Imaging Network provides a virtual look inside building, along with key data.

May 18, 2012

Could Water Shortages be Used as a Weapon? (Opinion)

The United States needs to begin to think more about limiting water usage and halting wasteful practices.

May 14, 2012

Rebuilding Joplin: Nonprofit Attacks the Hurdles of Long-Term Recovery

The nonprofit organization Rebuild Joplin hopes its lessons help the next ‘Joplin’ make a smoother transition to recovery.

April 26, 2012

Could Early, High-Risk Weather Warnings be on the Rise?

Improved numerical modeling may mean more early, high-risk warnings in the future, like those issued prior to Central Plains tornadoes.

April 5, 2012

Public Safety D-Block Victory a ‘Big Deal’ (Opinion)

The legislation provides spectrum and funding, allows public safety input and ensures a national governance structure.

March 16, 2012

All-Hazards Type 3 Incident Management Teams Are Catching On

The concept is to assemble a trained team that can immediately respond to a major, widespread emergency anywhere in the nation.

February 21, 2012

Bryan Koon Brings Extensive Private-Sector Experience to Florida

Koon went from managing disasters that affected Wal-Mart’s 2.2 million employees to heading emergency management for Florida.

January 31, 2012

Aging Bridges, Water Systems Put the Public at Risk

Much of this infrastructure is decades old and will take millions of dollars to maintain and replace.

January 12, 2012

New Satellite Technology a Possible ‘Game Changer’ for Communications

The Spaceway provides Plan B interoperability without the limitations of traditional satellites.

December 5, 2011

Is Antiterrorism Training Keeping Up With the Diverging Threat?

Law enforcement officers have the difficult job of sniffing out potential terrorists from increasingly diverse sources.

November 14, 2011

The Long Road to Recovery After Hurricane Irene

Although some areas 'dodged the bullet,' severe rains hammered parts of the East Coast, hitting areas unaccustomed to such storm activity.

September 19, 2011

What Caused Spring’s Explosion of Tornadoes?

Both the number of deaths and the fact that tornadoes touched down in places that rarely see them raised several questions.

September 9, 2011

How Far Has the Nation Come Since Anthrax Attacks 10 Years Ago?

Hospitals and law enforcement are better prepared to deal with a chemical or biological attack but key action is still needed.

August 5, 2011

SAFER System Creates Situational Awareness Between Schools, Responders

System provides real-time video, photos and data on all 45 schools in the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District.

June 27, 2011

Behind the Scenes of San Diego County’s Preparedness Initiatives

Ron Lane addresses what the county learned from March's tsunami scare and the multitude of risks the area faces.

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.

May 19, 2011

California Drills First Responders on Mitigating a Possible Catastrophic Flood

The Seventh Annual Golden Guardian exercise focuses on an incident to the state’s critical delta system.

March 1, 2011

James Demby Leads the Way for FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program

Communicating the risk to populations downstream of dams is one goal of the National Dam Safety Program.

February 17, 2011

Canary in the Water Supply Could Detect Contaminants

New software gives hope that contaminants, including those introduced by a terrorist, can be detected before a disaster occurs.

February 7, 2011

The Changing Face of Terror in the U.S.

The localized face of terrorism has forced law enforcement to the ‘home game.’

December 15, 2010

Interoperability Is a Cultural Problem (Opinion)

Billions have been spent on interoperability since 9/11 and progress has been made, but it seems many view interoperability as something still to be attained.

October 4, 2010

Michael Byrne Shares Wisdom From Decades of Emergency Management Experience and his Recent Haiti Experience

Byrne, FEMA National Incident Management Assistant team leader, hit the ground running in his new position.

September 13, 2010

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Prompts Debate on NIMS, Unified Response

The response has raised questions about the National Incident Management System’s sustainability and the future of public-private partnerships.

August 11, 2010

How Firefighting Changed in California Following 1991’s Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire

Lessons learned from the blaze forever changed the way fires are fought in the region.

August 3, 2010

Laura Phillips Discusses Managing the Unique Needs of the Bay Area UASI

General manager of the 12-county Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative on collaboration and preparedness.

May 19, 2010

Explosions, Toxic Plumes Abound in San Francisco Bay Area Drill

Golden Guardian exercise brings Bay Area officials together to develop communication skills.

March 29, 2010

Cyber-Warriors: Fortifying the Front Lines

Cyber-competition attempts to fill security professional void through 'sport.'

March 1, 2010

Harlin McEwen Recognized as a Tireless Advocate for a National Broadband Public Safety Network

McEwen, chairman of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corp., was named one of the Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2010.

February 23, 2010

Florida's Seminole Tribe to Gain Interoperability With the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System

Communicating between six reservations is possible only by phone without access to the statewide system.

February 17, 2010

Talking All-Hazards Emergency Management with California's Matt Bettenhausen

Bettenhausen discusses California's mutual-aid system and preparing for devastating earthquakes, fires and floods, as well as terror events.

February 15, 2010

Will the Major Players in California’s Delta Collaborate to Prevent the 'Next Katrina?’

The potential for a Katrina-type catastrophe exists in the heart of California.

February 1, 2010

911 Mapping System Hones in on Cell Phone Callers

New software eliminates steps and pinpoints location of 911 callers on a GIS map.

December 22, 2009

Los Angeles Braces for a Multitude of Potential Disasters

James Featherstone, general manager of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, discusses the city’s disaster preparedness.

November 5, 2009

‘Third Wave’ of H1N1 due but Number of Deaths is Lower Than Predicted

DHS' chief medical officer addresses H1N1 and why the vaccination is taking so long to deploy.

October 23, 2009

'Predictable Surprises' Must be Better Managed, Featherstone Tells All-Hazards Summit Attendees

Los Angeles Emergency Management General Manager James Featherstone calls it a “professional and moral imperative” to look ahead to predictable disasters, such as 9/11 and Katrina.

October 8, 2009

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Is More than a Spokesman

Fugate uses plain language, doesn't sugarcoat or dance around the issues.

September 16, 2009

California Bracing for Mutating H1N1 Virus

The state’s officials say their supply chain needs to be upgraded to effectively combat the H1N1 flu pandemic.

September 2, 2009

Beware, My No. 1 Friend on MySpace Is a Cop

Police departments' online presence can keep predators at a distance.

August 20, 2009

Critics Balk at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Cleanup

The corps ordered levee districts to begin cutting down trees, saying they harm the infrastructure’s structural integrity.

August 18, 2009

Former DHS Assistant Secretary Robert Liscouski Discusses Critical Infrastructure

Liscouski says government should work with the private sector to manage homeland security risks.

August 7, 2009

Stimulus Money May Ease Floods, Create Jobs

Selling easements to Iowa landowners takes pressure off levees and puts surveyors to work.

July 27, 2009

North Dakota City Removes Trees to Prevent Floods

Army Corps of Engineers cuts down trees in Jamestown to save levees.

July 16, 2009

FEMA's Craig Fugate Says Mitigation Language, Roles Must Be Redefined

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said changing language and redefining FEMA's and the public's roles in mitigation are looming challenges.

June 22, 2009

Virginia Automates Alarm Company to 911 Transmissions

New data exchange standard could eliminate more than 32 million 911 calls nationally.

June 17, 2009

FEMA Grant Allocations a Boost to States, Locals, Tribes

Grant process also includes steps to facilitate an easier application process.

June 10, 2009

Texting 911 Becoming a Reality in Iowa County

Text messaging 911 a positive step, but not as efficient as a phone call.

June 9, 2009

Emergency Medical Dispatch System Puts Help at 911 Dispatchers' Fingertips

Culpeper, Va., uses public safety group's life-saving guidecards and training program.

May 1, 2009

Alaska Volcano Spreads Ash 106 Miles Away

Alaska Volcano Spreads Ash 106 Miles Away

April 28, 2009

Microsoft Launches Social Media Tool

Emergency managers could use Vine to communicate with citizens.

March 24, 2009

National Interoperability Network's Time Has Come, Panelists Say

Public safety communications would benefit from national broadband network.

March 20, 2009

Law Enforcement Looks to Video Surveillance Networks

Technological advances spur growth of large-scale video surveillance networks.

March 19, 2009

Collaboration Is More Important Than the Technology

Technology won't solve all coordination problems in disaster response.

February 4, 2009

Stephen Flynn, Senior Fellow for Counter-Terrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Flynn discusses homeland security and national resilience.

January 20, 2009

California Demonstrates Interoperability of Damage Assessment Data

State is building toward statewide mobile field inspection capabilities.

January 12, 2009

Flood Management Expert Gerry Galloway Discusses Future of Flood Control Strategies

Galloway says flood management policy progress is slow.

December 11, 2008

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.

December 1, 2008

Floods May Worsen as the Climate Changes

Floodwater management needs a broader approach, experts say.

October 30, 2008

Minneapolis Bridge Collapse a Cache of Lessons Learned

Five years of preparation and investment aided recovery during Minneapolis bridge collapse.

August 28, 2008

California National Guard Troops Aid Fire Fight

Wildfires char 600,000 acres and destroy 40 homes.

March 26, 2008

Wildfires Ravaged Southern California, but Reverse 911 and WebEOC Helped Evacuate 500,000

IT tools help Southern California officials evacuate 500,000 people.

February 1, 2008

Hendricks County, Ind., Consolidates Police, Fire and EMS 911 Dispatching

Emergency responders improve interoperability.

August 27, 2007

Safe Haven No Longer

College campuses seek increased security in the wake of shootings.

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