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 email@example.com.
Police chiefs share their successes and challenges in combating societal ills.
Californians are enduring a serious drought. Will we emerge better prepared for the future?
Much of today’s infrastructure needs rebuilding. What needs to be done before catastrophe strikes?
Charles Sharp leads the Black Emergency Managers Association’s quest for inclusion.
Speakers at the National Homeland Security Conference discuss preparation and building relationships before an emergency.
These are the stories of the unique responses made by emergency managers during times of crisis.
New Orleans’ Eric Pickering has seen the cost of disasters and has warnings for the future.
Railways are now carrying highly explosive Bakken crude oil, making emergency managers' jobs even tougher.
The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is a partner in developing efficient emergency response for animals both large and small.
Does it always take a disaster to hit a community before lessons take hold?
San Francisco uses the concept of sampling before finishing the final product.
Speakers at the International Disaster Conference and Expo reveal Health and Human Services plans and warn of public health concerns.
Instructors include Secret Service, military, law enforcement and academic professionals.
The CDC fumbled initial communications about Ebola transmission but recovered. What about next time?
Here are the editor’s picks for the top stories of 2014, which won’t end on New Year’s Day.
Paul Stockton, the former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, discusses the strategy of "security in depth."
The Snohomish County emergency management director says the mudslide caught him off guard.
FEMA Higher Education Program releases a new book that bridges the research and practical divide on important emergency management topics.
Student Tools for Emergency Planning program aims to educate fifth-grade students and their parents.
Since Ebola symptoms are similar to the flu, people should be getting a flu shot to avoid even more confusion and hysteria.
Through a conference call, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates Ebola virus guidelines and protocols.
Portland, Ore., is among the locations hoping for a Resilient Cities grant as Alameda, Calif., goes its own way.
Incentives and opting out can be effective ways to get public buy-in for alert notifications.
Mary Schoenfeldt, of the Everett, Wash., Office of Emergency Management, shares her decades of expertise on increasing community preparedness.
The U.S. is concerned about citizens leaving for training and then re-entering the country as a terrorist.
Chief resilience officers begin to guide cities toward a future that’s better prepared for physical, social and economic challenges.
Save the Children poll suggests that parents aren’t engaged enough in disaster preparedness and states are lacking in minimum standards.
The ability to respond, mitigate and recover from disasters means being resilient.
Water for the Seasons will integrate various communities and stakeholders to define and develop resiliency, while creating a model for arid regions.
A state of emergency was declared as California’s wine country shakes from early morning temblor.
There are no real solutions to the active shooter scenario, but having a police presence on campus is an obvious measure.
Experts say the training and security measures focused on school shootings are flawed and overshadow more common types of violence on campus.
Urban search and rescue task force leader Thomas Richardson discusses challenges during the response and how volunteers were incorporated.
NOAA’s Mathias Collins discusses findings from a study of stream gauge records for the past 100 years.
The program is $24 billion in debt and that deficit won’t be erased without reform.
California's drought is forcing disaster managers to strategize about water conservation.
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.
Mike Byrne of the American Red Cross discusses the response to the devastating mudslide and how the Red Cross can aid community preparedness.
The cyberthreat is here to stay and will, either directly or indirectly, impact the emergency manager.
Nada Bakos was part of a team that identified and analyzed intelligence that eventually led to the demise of Osama bin Laden.
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.
After Hurricane Katrina the guard realized it had to improve its response to natural disasters, especially in California.
California has set up nine human trafficking task forces to rescue victims and help prosecute the perpetrators.
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.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown tour the San Joaquin Valley and call for collaboration in response to the drought.
During emergency response to the marathon bombings and other crises, the city’s background using social media proved to be invaluable.
These issues will continue to gain traction and attention in an increasingly complicated world.
Medical personnel are following law enforcement's strategy and not waiting for the scene to be cleared before entering.
Harris County, Texas' Francisco Sanchez learned from Hurricane Katrina to give the public what it wants.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of rebuilding for today, instead of rebuilding for the next generation.
Flood defense has been designed for past conditions, and continuing the trend will be catastrophic.
At IAEM, Rocco Casagrande discusses some dangerous ways technology could affect the future and homeland security.
Dennis Mileti sounded an ominous tone in his call to reduce the consequences of natural hazards.
Henry Thompson, associate deputy airport director of Operations and Security, discusses SFO's approach to security and training.
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The chaos that sometimes defines disaster response unfortunately can create opportunities for violent people to act.
Emergency Management got a behind-the-scenes look at San Francisco International Airport’s EOC and security operations.
National Association for Search and Rescue President Dan Hourihan addresses the evolution of SAR and the importance of training.
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?
The University of California at Davis Police Department works to educate community organizations and members on how to react to an active shooter scenario.
Has the country been lucky or are homeland security officials and law enforcement getting good at preventing attacks?
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson helps launch the Resilient Communities for America campaign.
San Jacinto College EMT program in Houston incorporates care under fire exercises in curriculum.
Scientists hope a new system for measuring hurricane intensity changes forecasting and response.
Americans, however embattled over politics, sports or whatever, stand up and show their heart and courage during times like these.
Kevin McGinnis is helping to drive the FirstNet board toward the creation of a nationwide public safety network.
Forty-eight sites will be stood up post-disaster, where citizens can go for communication needs and supplies.
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.
It would be a shame to rebuild only to have the next storm cause Sandy-type damage to the same areas.
The nonprofit’s disaster relief efforts are built upon decades of experience.
The goal of the Emergency Manager Professionals Program is to send graduates back to their jurisdictions with enhanced emergency management skills.
With the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security looming, Secretary Janet Napolitano plots the future.
Jarno Limnell talks cyberthreats and vulnerabilities in the United States.
Familiar issues, including lack of communication, crop up during Sandy and give lessons for the future.
University researchers’ project could go live at the end of the year, giving Chattanooga, Tenn., a built-in disaster response system.
New session of Congress will consider Sandy emergency aid after outrage followed canceled vote.
Many are calling Sandy a watershed event, one of those disasters that sets in motion new best practices and offers lessons learned.
But schools and businesses in general need to prepare for all hazards and train regularly.
Ana-Marie Jones of the nonprofit organization Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters addresses why preparedness messages fall short and how to reach more citizens.
Jefferson Township, N.J., deploys Instant Alert after Irene just in time for superstorm Sandy.
Everyone agrees that citizen preparedness isn’t what it should be. How can the issue be fixed?
Cyberattack sacks hospital telephone system but only temporarily thanks to redundancy.
Hurricane Sandy provides the backdrop for National Weather Service session at the International Association of Emergency Managers conference.
California will be joined by several states and countries for the fifth annual earthquake ShakeOut drill.
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.
Usually tragedies with many victims spawn action, but gun control measures don’t follow mass shootings.
Federal officials have a message regarding unspent homeland security grants: Spend the money.
FEMA partners with AmeriCorps to develop response teams and offer opportunities for young adults seeking emergency management careers.
A layered approach to alerting the public of impending harm is critical for response.
In most cases, amid their chaotic lives, many people have missed the preparedness memo.
Some public safety answering points can already receive text messages.
Twin-screen consoles will allow public safety dispatchers to form talk groups and track units in the field.
Changing demographics, including an aging, culturally diverse population will create future challenges.
Partnership with Northrop Grumman will provide honors students with tools to become cybersecurity professionals.
Chris Terzich, Wells Fargo’s vice president of incident management, addresses private-sector challenges during a crisis.
Immersive Video Imaging Network provides a virtual look inside building, along with key data.
The United States needs to begin to think more about limiting water usage and halting wasteful practices.
The nonprofit organization Rebuild Joplin hopes its lessons help the next ‘Joplin’ make a smoother transition to recovery.
Improved numerical modeling may mean more early, high-risk warnings in the future, like those issued prior to Central Plains tornadoes.
The legislation provides spectrum and funding, allows public safety input and ensures a national governance structure.
The concept is to assemble a trained team that can immediately respond to a major, widespread emergency anywhere in the nation.
Koon went from managing disasters that affected Wal-Mart’s 2.2 million employees to heading emergency management for Florida.
Much of this infrastructure is decades old and will take millions of dollars to maintain and replace.
The Spaceway provides Plan B interoperability without the limitations of traditional satellites.
Law enforcement officers have the difficult job of sniffing out potential terrorists from increasingly diverse sources.
Although some areas 'dodged the bullet,' severe rains hammered parts of the East Coast, hitting areas unaccustomed to such storm activity.
Both the number of deaths and the fact that tornadoes touched down in places that rarely see them raised several questions.
Hospitals and law enforcement are better prepared to deal with a chemical or biological attack but key action is still needed.
System provides real-time video, photos and data on all 45 schools in the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District.
Ron Lane addresses what the county learned from March's tsunami scare and the multitude of risks the area faces.
What happens in Las Vegas is filtered through unique layers of security and vetted by the fusion center.
The Seventh Annual Golden Guardian exercise focuses on an incident to the state’s critical delta system.
Communicating the risk to populations downstream of dams is one goal of the National Dam Safety Program.
New software gives hope that contaminants, including those introduced by a terrorist, can be detected before a disaster occurs.
The localized face of terrorism has forced law enforcement to the ‘home game.’
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.
Byrne, FEMA National Incident Management Assistant team leader, hit the ground running in his new position.
The response has raised questions about the National Incident Management System’s sustainability and the future of public-private partnerships.
Lessons learned from the blaze forever changed the way fires are fought in the region.
General manager of the 12-county Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative on collaboration and preparedness.
Golden Guardian exercise brings Bay Area officials together to develop communication skills.
Cyber-competition attempts to fill security professional void through 'sport.'
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.
Communicating between six reservations is possible only by phone without access to the statewide system.
Bettenhausen discusses California's mutual-aid system and preparing for devastating earthquakes, fires and floods, as well as terror events.
The potential for a Katrina-type catastrophe exists in the heart of California.
New software eliminates steps and pinpoints location of 911 callers on a GIS map.
James Featherstone, general manager of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, discusses the city’s disaster preparedness.
DHS' chief medical officer addresses H1N1 and why the vaccination is taking so long to deploy.
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.
Fugate uses plain language, doesn't sugarcoat or dance around the issues.
The state’s officials say their supply chain needs to be upgraded to effectively combat the H1N1 flu pandemic.
Police departments' online presence can keep predators at a distance.
The corps ordered levee districts to begin cutting down trees, saying they harm the infrastructure’s structural integrity.
Liscouski says government should work with the private sector to manage homeland security risks.
Selling easements to Iowa landowners takes pressure off levees and puts surveyors to work.
Army Corps of Engineers cuts down trees in Jamestown to save levees.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said changing language and redefining FEMA's and the public's roles in mitigation are looming challenges.
New data exchange standard could eliminate more than 32 million 911 calls nationally.
Grant process also includes steps to facilitate an easier application process.
Text messaging 911 a positive step, but not as efficient as a phone call.
Culpeper, Va., uses public safety group's life-saving guidecards and training program.
Emergency managers could use Vine to communicate with citizens.
Public safety communications would benefit from national broadband network.
Technological advances spur growth of large-scale video surveillance networks.
Technology won't solve all coordination problems in disaster response.
Flynn discusses homeland security and national resilience.
State is building toward statewide mobile field inspection capabilities.
Galloway says flood management policy progress is slow.
Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.
Floodwater management needs a broader approach, experts say.
Five years of preparation and investment aided recovery during Minneapolis bridge collapse.
Wildfires char 600,000 acres and destroy 40 homes.
IT tools help Southern California officials evacuate 500,000 people.
Emergency responders improve interoperability.