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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.

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.
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.
The emergency management and homeland security communities vie for supremacy in academia.
For emergency management, cloud computing’s biggest advantage can be summed up in three words: virtual mission continuity.
Making every disaster local with technology, social media and volunteer communities.
Understanding social science research on emergency warnings is key to developing alert and warning plans that grab the public’s attention.
More than 180 emergency management programs dot the country’s higher education landscape, and realistic expectations are needed for students and employers.
For 20 years, college and university campuses have relied on blue-light call boxes to provide remote locations with access to police dispatch.
The H1N1 virus caused the University of California, Davis to re-examine its plans for pandemic influenza.