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Valerie Lucus-McEwen

Contributing Writer

Valerie Lucus-McEwen is a certified emergency manager, certified business continuity professional and an adjunct professor for California State University, Long Beach. She can be reached by email.

September 16, 2014

Emergency Management Education: Finding an Accredited Degree Program

As the profession moves forward and the demand for degrees increases, there is interest (and pressure) to adopt an accreditation process for emergency management education.

June 12, 2014

Emergency Management Degrees: Should You Get Your Education Online?

It’s no longer a question about whether degrees are an important part of emergency management. But when considering where and how to get a degree, there’s a big question about the best platform.

February 10, 2013

Evacuation Behavior: Challenging

You'd think the shadow evacuees would be balanced out by the cry wolf effect - those people who refuse to evacuate. But that would be way too easy.

December 13, 2012

A Short Note From A New Prepper

power goes out?" and "Oh yeah...we need water too".

May 7, 2012

How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Disaster Response

For emergency management, cloud computing’s biggest advantage can be summed up in three words: virtual mission continuity.

February 13, 2012

Technical Communities Redefine Disaster Volunteerism

Making every disaster local with technology, social media and volunteer communities.

October 23, 2011

If You Haven't Heard About Crisis Commons Yet ...

A global movement creating virtual communities of volunteers using their technical expertise to help out in disasters ... like the Ercis Fault earthquake in Turkey this morning.

June 8, 2011

The Lines Between Continuity and Recovery Are Blurry

Piecing together the critical elements that separate continuity planning and disaster recovery.

February 3, 2011

Demistifying the Message to Create Effective Emergency Alerts

Understanding social science research on emergency warnings is key to developing alert and warning plans that grab the public’s attention.

January 14, 2011

What You Should Know About Emergency Management Degrees

More than 180 emergency management programs dot the country’s higher education landscape, and realistic expectations are needed for students and employers.

December 28, 2009

Should College Campuses Continue to Deploy Blue-Light Phones? (Opinion)

For 20 years, college and university campuses have relied on blue-light call boxes to provide remote locations with access to police dispatch.

August 25, 2009

H1N1 Outbreak Causes Universities to Re-Examine Pandemic Flu Plans

The H1N1 virus caused the University of California, Davis to re-examine its plans for pandemic influenza.

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