Margaret Steen

Contributing Writer

Margaret Steen is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine.

Protecting the nation’s health-care system against cyberattacks.
One of the reasons authorities are currently worried about the possibility of a flu pandemic is the increasing amount of interaction between human flus and bird flus.
With intense public interest in relations between police officers and the communities they serve, departments are looking for new ways to head off problems before they escalate.
Performance intervention systems aren’t meant to be punitive.
The feds are increasingly swamped, so how do we rein in the costs of disasters?
How the first incident spurred changes that helped response to the second.
Recovery is underway but not complete, and provides lessons for emergency managers.
The continuing developments in video technology create potential and challenges.
The Homeland Security Simulation Center offers realistic training on disaster preparedness and response through a virtual reality platform.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide seek answers to mounting video storage issues.
Some cite progress, but others say the nation is dangerously unprepared.
VOSTs help emergency managers tame the flow of information from social media.
A successful internship benefits both emergency management students and agencies.
The danger of pandemics has become greater than ever.
The danger of pandemics has become greater than ever.
Unmanned aircraft can be a viable public safety tool but uncertainties and privacy concerns have held them back.
Unmanned aircraft can be a viable public safety tool but uncertainties and privacy concerns have held them back.
Developing a volunteer program before disaster strikes can be invaluable. Here’s how to do it.
The state, with its unique setting, works to secure its food supply.
The state, with its unique setting, works to secure its food supply.
Budget cuts are a particular cause for concern because they affect many public health efforts, from tracking disease outbreaks to encouraging vaccinations.
Emergency managers and the public now have easy access to information for most disaster scenarios.
In the future, sensors traditionally used to detect temperature or noise could be utilized by emergency managers and first responders to enhance their response.
In the future, sensors traditionally used to detect temperature or noise could be utilized by emergency managers and first responders to enhance their response.
There are numerous, ongoing threats to our water supply. Some of them could be catastrophic.
However, many in the emergency management community are still determining the best way to use them.
However, many in the emergency management community are still determining the best way to use them.
A system tested at the 2012 Republican National Convention gave a glimpse into the possible future of public safety communications.
The Commercial Mobile Alert System uses modern technology to deliver emergency alerts to targeted audiences.
Emergency managers disagree about how useful the CEM certification is to individuals and to the profession.