Justine Brown

Contributing Writer


Justine Brown is a veteran journalist who specializes in technology and education. Email her at justinebrown@comcast.net.

July 31, 2015

The Emergency Manager: Changing of the Guard

Several factors are converging to slowly make the field of emergency management more diverse, a necessity for effective disaster response.

April 28, 2015

Churches Play a Growing Role in Emergency Management

Faith-based organizations are being recognized for their vital position in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

April 21, 2015

Culturally Appropriate Curriculum Is Key to Increasing Community Preparedness

The Listos program creates ties between emergency managers and Spanish-speaking residents in Southern California.

April 6, 2015

Minnesota County Launches 'First of its Kind' Integrated Public Safety System

In Anoka County, Minn., fire departments and law enforcement agencies can now share critical data during a response.

March 3, 2015

Embracing a Continued Evolution into Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe

Together Prepared today offers a new twist on preparedness in Douglas County, Kan.

February 27, 2015

Oakland, Calif., Police Test Cloud Storage for Body Camera Video

The city, which has the largest deployment of police body cameras in the world, will use a data storage system that meets the FBI's standards for security.

February 20, 2015

Is Social Media the Key to Effective Communication During Campus Emergencies?

A study finds that social media lets campus authorities instantly reach a large percentage of students, who are more likely to comply with emergency notifications received in that manner.

January 26, 2015

What the Central Command Twitter Hack Means to You

Agencies don't need to avoid social media, experts say, but they need to prepare for possible attacks.

January 20, 2015

Can You Make Disaster Information Go Viral?

San Diego, Calif., is examining how to make social media work more effectively in emergency response situations.

January 8, 2015

Using Social Media Data to Identify Outbreaks and Control Disease

Could infectious disease surveillance systems that accurately track social media data inform early warning systems and outbreak response?

December 22, 2014

Cities Adopt Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery

New York City and Asheville, N.C., have both adopted private clouds to provide disaster recovery services, with promising results.

November 6, 2014

New Orleans Dials In Next-Gen 911 Technology

The integrated call control system improves the routing and handling of the 1 million emergency calls received every year.

November 3, 2014

Team Rubicon Provides a Powerful New Purpose for Veterans

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams across the U.S.

September 18, 2014

Could The Weather Company Change Emergency Alerting?

In 2013 alone, the company delivered more 150,000 weather alerts to two-thirds of U.S. adults — and it now is targeting its reach to informing people of emergencies.

September 9, 2014

Innovative Plans Help Cities Effectively Live with Water

New York City and New Orleans are taking a collaborative approach to addressing a water and hurricane-intensive future, including a focus on working with water rather than trying to pump it all away.

September 3, 2014

How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Disaster Response and Recovery

Governments are recognizing that sharing economy platforms can provide a vital link between needs and resources in times of emergency.

August 29, 2014

Data Centers Nationwide Must Prepare for Flooding

Climate researchers predict sea-level rise will eventually submerge 316 coastal cities in the U.S. How are government data center managers planning for the future?

July 9, 2014

Sensors, Wireless Tech Help States Monitor Troubled Bridges

Structural monitoring utilizing highly accurate sensing devices can enable objective, precise and timely performance data on the condition of the United States' bridges.

June 27, 2014

Should States Take the Lead on Implementing Alert Systems?

Some states are implementing statewide systems while others are giving localities the lead and providing oversight and support.

June 6, 2014

Iowa Responders Break the Silence with New Joint Radio System

The new system is allowing neighboring emergency responders to communicate smoothly for the first time in 40 years.

June 2, 2014

MERS: How Should Public Health Departments Prepare?

The virus has been called a “threat to the world,” but nothing made the threat more real than when the first case of MERS was confirmed in the U.S.

March 18, 2014

Joplin Used Devastating Tornado to Rebuild with New-Age Schools

Losing 600,000 square feet of educational space devastated Joplin, Mo., schools, but rebuilding provided an opportunity to innovate.

January 13, 2014

Collaboration Moves Utah Toward Next-Gen 911

The Greater Wasatch Multi-Node Project is the first IP-capable 911 call delivery system in Utah.

November 18, 2013

Communication Tools Make Monterey’s CERT Self-Sufficient

Radio system allows Monterey, Calif., CERT members to report damage assessments and keep the EOC directly in contact with different neighborhoods.

September 24, 2012

Emergency Planning for the Disabled Is an Uphill Battle

But the deaf community and its advocates are working hard to effect change.

July 26, 2012

Community-Based Program Prepares Californians for a Disaster

Ready Neighborhoods improves community engagement and disaster preparedness among residents, business owners and organizations that provide vital community services.

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