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Jim McKay


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

Flood risk can be high after wildfires, leading to a secondary disaster. Sonoma County, Calif., installed a flood monitoring solution after the wildfires of 2017 to keep the communities from experiencing dangerous flooding.
Prolonged drought, severe sea-level rise, dramatic flooding, raging wildfires. Climate change is having tangible impacts in regions across the country. Here’s what the models are telling us.
Mass shootings, including shootings at schools, have become predictable — and unsurprising when they happen. Experts say framing it as a public health problem could be a step toward a solution.
Director of Homeland Security, Arizona
As summer approaches, cases of COVID-19 will decline, but a decrease in people donning masks coupled with an increase in vaccine hesitancy could lead to a surge in cases during the winter, according to experts.
The change would help with recruitment and retention of 911 dispatchers, and boost morale. Recruitment and retention are big deals in the profession, as the national attrition rate is about 25 to 30 percent.
CIO, Dutchess County, N.Y.
State Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Health
Director, Hamilton County, Ohio, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Chief Information Security Officer, New York City